Federal Skilled Worker Program for Permanent Residency

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is a process for obtaining Permanent Residency in Canada. FSW is the longest standing economic-based Permanent Residency program in Canada. It is suitable for those who are prospectively looking to live and work in Canada, but who have not yet secured employment in Canada, or are self-employed in Canada and not progressing through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

TThe category works on a point system with the minimum requirement of 67 points out of a possible 100 to qualify. Points can be gained for the following:


  • Age
  • Level of education
  • Language ability in English and French
  • Work Experience
  • Arranged employment
  • Adaptability (points for other connections to Canada)

Interestingly, language proficiency is weighted as the most preponderant category in the FSW program, followed by education, arranged employment, age and adaptability.


Applications for the FSW program must be submitted electronically though the federal online Express Entry (EE) system, and are subject to the EE selection criteria.


Spouses and children (dependents) under the age of 22 are eligible for permanent residence under the same application and are not required to qualify independently of the principle applicant.

This document is a brief summary intended for information purposes only. It is not legal advice. It should not be relied upon as legal advice. Please consult with an experienced immigration lawyer before submitting a visa application.


For questions, please contact I.A. Donoso & Associates, LLC at canada@donosolaw.com.


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