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Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program


Federal Skilled Worker applications are assessed based on an applicant's ability to become economically established upon immigration to Canada.

Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) applications are processed through the Express Entry immigration selection system for immigration to Canada.

Candidates eligible under the Federal Skilled Worker Class must first make an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada by creating an online Express Entry profile.

Eligibility Criteria for the Federal Skilled Worker program

In order to be eligible for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa, Federal Skilled Worker applicants must: 1)Have at least one year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled occupation (National Occupational Classification skill lever 0, A or B); or 2Qualify for Arranged Employment In Canada with a Labour Market Impact Assessment

Federal Skilled Worker Program processing times, processing fees and application process

Processing Times

Federal Skilled Worker Processing Times vary from one Canadian Immigration Visa office to another. Click here to see the latest times that have been reported.

Processing Fees

Federal Skilled Worker Government Processing Fees can vary with exchange rates and are subject to change. Click here to see details for the latest fees required for this program.

Application Process

Learn more about how the application process works so that you can know what to expect from the very first step to the moment you land in Canada as a Permanent Resident.You can also learn more information about the Federal Skilled Worker Program in our Federal Skilled Workers FAQ.

Quebec Skilled Worker Immigration

If you intend to reside in Montreal or in another city in the province of Quebec, please click to learn more about the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.

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