The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), part of Canada’s Express Entry system, serves skilled workers seeking permanent residency based on their expertise in specific trades. To determine eligibility, applicants must meet core criteria encompassing skilled work experience, language ability, and educational qualifications.
Applicants interested in FSWP are required to have skilled work experience, which asks the individuals to have work experience in TEER 0, TEER 1, TEER 2, or TEER 3 under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) TEER categories (link). The applicant’s work experience can be either from inside or outside Canada.
In the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system, a TEER category corresponds to the level of training, education, experience, and responsibility typically needed for a specific job. The NOC includes 6 TEER categories, labeled 0 to 5. These categories rely on the required education and training for a particular occupation and also factor in the experience and complexity of responsibilities compared to other jobs.
To be considered for skilled work experience, the applicant’s experience must align with the duties outlined in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC. Also, the applicant must ensure their work experience and the job stipulated in their immigration application are in the same TEER. For example, if the applicant has skilled work experience in advertising, which falls under the TEER 0 category, the job indicated in the application must be under the same TEER, such as public administration manager or school administrator.
To be considered for FSWP, the applicant’s skilled work experience must be paid employment (either by wages or commissions) within the last 10 years, with a minimum of one year of continuous work or a total work hour of 1,560 hours over a longer duration than a year. The work hours only count up to 30 hours per week; the experience can be from full-time job or part-time jobs, and work hours gained while studying may add up to the minimum work hours.
Applicants must demonstrate their language ability through approved language tests in English with minimum scores equivalent to CLB 7 in all four abilities: writing, reading, listening, and speaking. The applicants can enter the test results in their Express Entry profiles, and the test scores are valid for up to 2 years and must be valid on the day of application.
Applicants are required to complete a secondary school education. Applicants must present their educational qualifications depending on whether applicants studied in Canada or abroad: certificates, diplomas, degrees from Canadian institutions, or a completed educational credential and Educational Credential Assessment for foreign education equivalence.
The minimum requirements for FSWP include…
● Skilled work experiences from TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 inside or outside Canada.
● Work experience & job in their immigration application in the same TEER
● 1,560 hours or a minimum of one year of experience in the past 10 years.
● CLB 7 from all four abilities
● A minimum of secondary school completion (high school)
● certificates, diplomas, degrees from Canadian institutions or
● a completed educational credential and Educational Credential Assessment for foreign institutions
Meeting these minimum prerequisites leads to an evaluation based on additional selection factors, including age, education, work experience, job offers, language proficiency, and adaptability. Successful candidates receive an overall score out of 100, with the current pass mark set at 67 points, paving the way for permanent residency in Canada.