Canadian Immigration Explained in 3 minutes: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)On February 10, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
Hey, everyone, I’m Dane from Moving2Canada and today I’m going to be explaining the Federal Skilled Worker Program in three minutes. Every year Canada welcomes tens of
thousands of newcomers from around the world through this program and you could
be one of them. The Federal Skilled Worker Program or FSW is one of the main options for workers who want to immigrate to Canada permanently. This program allows workers and their families to apply for Canadian
Permanent Resident status and it doesn’t require Canadian work experience or a
Canadian job offer. Since 2015, the Federal Skilled Worker Program has been
a part of Canada’s Express Entry immigration system. Express Entry is
known for its very fast processing times so successful applicants can have their
applications processed in a matter of months.
However, Express Entry is also highly competitive initially you have to meet
the minimum eligibility requirements for your program. In this case, that’s the
Federal Skilled Worker Program. Meeting those requirements allows you to submit
an Express Entry Profile to the Express Entry Pool. However, it does not guarantee
your PR status. That’s because of all profiles in the pool are ranked against
one another, using a points-based system called the CRS score. Only the most
competitive profiles those with the highest CRS scores are invited to submit
that application for Permanent Resident status. So, let’s talk about the basic
eligibility requirements for FSW. First, we have work experience. You must have a
minimum of 12 months of full-time continuous skilled work experience.
Second, education you have to have a minimum level of education equal to a
Canadian high school diploma. Third, language ability, you have to have test
scores in either English or French, showing you have language ability is
consistent with the Canadian language benchmark of level seven. Fourth, the FWS Points Grid. You need to score a minimum of 67 points
on the FSW Points Grid. The more work experience you have, the higher your
level of education, the better your language test scores, the higher the
chance that you’ll achieve that 67 points. Now take note. The FSW Points Grid
is an entirely separate system from the CRS score that I mentioned earlier.
Confusing, eh? Canada does not like to make it simple.
The FSW Points Grid is out of 100 points and you have to score 67 based on
factors including age, language ability, work experience, education, arranged
employment and adaptability. But remember these are the minimum requirements.
Meeting the minimum does not guarantee success. If you meet the minimum
requirements you can then submit your Express Entry Profile and at that point,
you’ll be assigned your CRS score out of 1,200 points. Getting that score will
give you an idea of how you rank in the pool. That’s it for FSW. For more
information about an Express Entry check out our other videos or click the
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