Federal Skilled Worker Program

Federal skilled worker program is Canada’s prime immigration program, which allows the foreign skilled workers to settle in Canada with a permanent residency to fulfil the national workforce & economic needs.

This program was started in 1967, but candidates are invited to apply through the Express Entry System after its launch in 2015. This is a 5 years multiple entry visa, which allows foreign skilled workers to work and settle in Canada.

Language Skills

To apply for a study visa, PR or work permit it is very important to be able to communicate in English or at least one of the official languages of the country. In the same way, to apply for Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker visa you should know English, French or both.

You can get a maximum of 28 points with your language skills in English and French-based on your ability to Write, Read, Listen & Speak. And you must take an approved language test to prove your language proficiency.

IELTS Test for English

Reading Speaking Writing Listening CLB
6 6 6 6 CLB 7
6.5 6.5 6.5 7.5 CLB 8
7-7.5 7 7 8 CLB 9
44417 7.5-9 7.5-9 8.5-9 CLB 10


If you have studied in Canada, you must have a certificate of diploma or degree from a high school or post-secondary institution.

If you have completed your education outside Canada, you must provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report.

Education Qualification Maximum Points
University degree or equivalent to PhD 25 Points
Holding a Masters Degree 23 Points
Holding a Double-Bachelor Degree 22 Points
Bachelor’s Degree 21 Points
3 Years Diploma Course after Higher Secondary 19 Points
3 Years Diploma Course after High School 15 Points
High School 5 Points

Work Experience

You can get a maximum of 15 points with your work experience. For this, you must have 1 year of full-time skilled work experience or equivalent part-time work experience.

And you must have been working in an occupation in Skill level 0, A or B of the National Occupation Classification.

Age Points
Under 18 0
18-35 12
36 11
37 10
38 9
39 8
40 7
41 6
42 5
43 4
44 3
45 2
46 1
47 and older 0


Adaptability Factors Maximum points
Your spouse or partner’s skills 5 Points
If pursued your education in Canada 5 Points
If your spouse or partner has pursued an education in Canada 5 Points
If having your previous work experience in Canada 10 Points
If your spouse is having past work experience in Canada 5 Points
If you have an arranged employment 5 Points
If you have any relatives living in Canada 5 Points