The Federal Skilled Worker Class





Current Status: Only accepting applications with arranged employment in Canada or PhD students in Canada; new regulations are scheduled to come into force January 2013


Approximate Processing Time: Unknown (last FSWC advertised processing within 12 months)


Visa Received: Canadian Permanent Resident Visa


General Information:


  • Selection System
    • Points-based. Must receive a minimum of 67 out of 100 points
  • Intake Quota?
    • Maybe. No announcement has yet been made regarding a limit on application intake. However, the previous FSWC was capped at 10,000 applications.
  • Eligibility?
    • Yes; applicants must have a minimum of 1 year of skilled work experience in the preceding 10 years.
  • Language Requirements?
    • Yes. Applicants must pass a minimum language threshold in either English or French.
  • Process?
    • Direct application to a Central Intake Office in Canada.


This may be a good program for you if:


  • You want to become a Canadian Permanent Resident
  • You intend to initially settle anywhere in Canada outside of the Province of Quebec
  • You want to prepare your application before the new regulations take effect
  • You are a skilled worker whose field of study is not included in the QSW list


Attorney David Cohen’s Opinion: “Recent changes were made to many aspects of the FSWC. This means that immigrants who are accepted through this program will come to Canada better prepared to find good jobs and start a new life in the country. There is likely to be a cap on application intake, so if you are eligible to apply, it is a good idea to start building your application now and submit when the program opens.”

Regardless of which they choose, successful applicants to the FSWC and QSW programs will arrive in Canada with Permanent Resident status. The path they travel to get to Canada should be chosen with care to reflect the best interests of themselves and their families.