Canada Immigration

Federal Skilled Workers Program – 2021

One of the best immigration programs for getting a Canadian PR in 2021 is the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). FSWP is one of the three immigration streams in the Canada Express Entry System. The three immigration streams are:

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) launched the Express Entry program in the year 2015. This is a point-based system designed to evaluate Permanent Residency (PR) candidates.

FSWP is a program under the Express Entry stream that provides pathways for skilled working professionals to Canada PR visas.

This program is a part of the Canadian economic immigration stream. Any skilled working professional can apply under FSWP in 2021 to obtain the Canadian Permanent Residency visa.

There are six factors that are currently being used by the Federal Skilled Worker category for the assessment of applied candidates. These factors are:



Language proficiency 

Working experience

Employment and 


The minimum required points for an applicant to be eligible to apply under this category is 67 out of 100.

The points are calculated based on the above-mentioned factor in the following manner:

(1) Education:

25 points- Doctoral (Ph.D.) level from a recognized university.

23 points- Master’s level from a recognized university.

23 points- Entry-to-professional degree at the university level. Professions related to NOC code 2011 Skill level A and approved by a provincial regulatory body.

22 points- Two or more Canadian post-secondary degrees or diplomas (for at least 3 years duration). 

21 points- Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma (duration 3 years).

19 points- Canadian post-secondary degree/ diploma (duration 2 years).

15 points- Canadian post-secondary degree/ diploma (duration 1 years).

5 points- Canadian high school diploma.

(2) Experience: Maximum points 15

15 points- 6 years or more

13 points- 4-5 years 

11 points- 2-3 years

9 points- 1 year

(3) Age: Maximum points 12


   Under 18- 0 points  

  18-35- 12 points  

  36- 11 points  

  37- 10 points 

  38- 9 points 

  39- 8 points  

  40- 7 points  

  41- 6 points  

  42- 5 points 

  43- 4 points  

  44- 3 points  

  45- 2 points  

  46- 1 points  

  47 and older- 0 points

(4) English Language proficiency (1st Official Language)

CLB Level 9: Points Per Ability: 6 

 Listening: over 8.0

Speaking: over 7.0

Writing: over 7.0

Reading: over 7.0

CLB Level 8: Points Per Ability: 5

 Listening: 7.5

Speaking: 6.5

Writing: 6.5

Reading: 6.5

CLB Level 7: (Minimum Requirement) Points Per Ability: 4 

 Listening: 6.0

Speaking: 6.0

Writing: 6.0

Reading: 6.0

English Language Proficiency (2nd Official Language)

CLB Level 5: Points 4

 Listening: 5.0

Speaking: 5.0

Writing: 5.0

Reading: 4.0

(2) French Language Proficiency: 1st Official language

NCLC Level 9: Points Per Ability: 6

 Listening: over 298

Speaking: over 371

Writing: over 371

Reading: over 248

NCLC Level 8: Points Per Ability: 5

Listening: 280 – 297

Speaking: 349 – 370

Writing: 349 – 370

Reading: 233 – 247

CLB Level 7: Points Per Ability: 4 points (minimum requirement)

Listening: 248 – 279

Speaking: 310– 348

Writing: 310 – 348

Reading: 207– 232

French Language Proficiency: 2nd Official language

NCLC Level 7: 4 points

Listening: 181 – 298+

Speaking: 226 – 371+

Writing: 226 – 371+

Reading: 151 – 248+

(5) 10 points- Arranged Employment

(6) 10 points- Adaptability

Eligibility for getting this visa:

The applicant is eligible for this visa if they have:

Have a working experience of at least one year within the time span of ten years in Skills 0, A, and B.

Must fall in the occupation list approved by the Canadian Immigration department with the consent of labour market needs.

Job offer letter from a Canadian employer.

 If you are an international graduate enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Canada.

(2) Must meet the minimum language proficiency requirement (CLB 7).

(3) Can claim extra points by taking a French language proficiency test.

(4) Have their Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) done by an approved assessing body.

(5) Have no criminal records in the past.

The occupations included in this category are given below:

Skill Type O (management occupations)

Skill Level A (professional occupations) 

Skill Level B (skilled trades and technical professions)

Canadian Immigration department has introduced the provision of ECA starting in May 2013. This Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is done in order to compare the education equivalency with the Canadian credentials.

If the applicant is a primary applicant and has done their education from outside Canada, then it is necessary to do the ECA before filing for the visa.

As per the Canadian government, there are four assessment bodies that are authorized to carry out an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). They are given below:

World Education Services (WES)

International Credential Assessment Service of Canada

Medical Council of Canada 

Comparative Education Service 

Visa Charges

Principal Applicant- 825 CAD

Right to Permanent Residence Fee- 500 CAD

Spouse or Common-law partner- 825 CAD

A dependent who is less than 22 years old and is not a common-law partner or spouse, or an applicant more than 22 years of age and who is not able to support themselves financially- 225 CAD

Biometric charges- 85 CAD per applicant

After Visa Approval

Can work and live in Canada permanently.

Have the right to sponsor a family member for permanent residency.

Can get citizenship after spending three years in Canada (approx 1095 days)