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The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW) is one of three options available to foreign workers that wish to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry System.
The program is open to individuals that wish to live in Canada as a permanent resident and is based on their ability to succeed economically within the country. To be considered for Express Entry through the FSW program, an individual must demonstrate that they have skilled work experience in one of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) job groups including management, professional jobs, or technology and skilled trades.
To be considered for the FSW Program, you must meet specific eligibility requirements. The requirements that the Canadian government mandates that you meet include the following:
If you are an individual that is seeking entry to Canada for living, working, or studying within the country, you can choose to submit an electronic application. This will create a profile within the Express Entry system. Your application will go through a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) where points will be awarded based on certain factors. These factors include:
To be considered for entry to Canada through the FSW program, you must have a score of 67 points or higher. The highest-ranking applicants that are in the Express Entry pool are given preferential consideration.
If you have intentions to study in Canada, you need to ensure that your student permits and visas are also granted per IRCC requirements. This is a separate application process that is required.
The National Occupational Classification System (NOC) is a system used by the Canadian government to classify jobs. This system is used to determine areas within the Canadian workforce which need skilled labour workers as well as pairing foreign workers with employment opportunities that meet their skillsets. The jobs are categories into different groups. The NOC job groups that are considered acceptable for the Federal Skilled Worker Program include:
These are management level jobs and require the applicant to have education and experience in jobs such as:
These types of job positions require a degree or certification from an accredited university or educational institution. Common types of job positions that fall under this category include:
These jobs are classified as technical positions and skilled trades. Most of these jobs require a college diploma or some secondary training as an apprentice. Jobs which fall under this category include:
If you receive an Invitation to Apply for the FSW Program, you will be given a specific time frame to respond. It is important to accept this invitation and have all of your documents in order by the date provided to avoid losing your position. We encourage you to contact Canadian Immigration Group as soon as possible. Our team will help you file out any necessary applications and gather the documents requested of you. Our immigration specialists on staff will ensure you are provided with the information and guidance that can lead to a positive outcome for your goal to immigrate to Canada.