Federal Skilled Worker Class


Skilled workers are chosen as permanent residents based on their education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French, and other factors. Candidates can apply through Express Entry as their first step to immigrating to Canada permanently. Under the Express Entry system, applicants are invited to apply for permanent residence based on their profile. Once selected, and awarded an Invitation to Apply (ITA), candidates and their dependents must obtain security clearances and medical examinations as part of the application process.

Federal Skilled Worker Program Minimum Requirements

Skilled Work Experience:

Your work experience must be paid continuous full-time or an equal amount in part-time within the last 10 years in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill type 0, A or B. You must show that you did the duties set out in the occupational description in the NOC. Or qualify for arranged employment in Canada with a full-time, permanent job offer from a Canadian employer with a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), or without an LMIA, if LMIA exempt.


Meet the Language ability by providing an approved language test that shows you have a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all four abilities (reading, writing, speaking and listening).  You must show that you meet the requirements in English or French.



You must have a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian school and/or foreign education with an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an approved agency showing your foreign education equivalency to a Canadian education credential. 

Proof of funds:

You must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada, unless you:

  • are currently able to legally work in Canada
  • have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada

Six selection factors – Federal skilled workers (Express Entry)

In addition to the minimum requirements, you must also score a minimum of 67 points out of 100 to qualify to immigrate to Canada as a federal skilled worker.


Selection Factors:                    Maximum Points:


Language Skills                                      28


Education                                                 25


Experience                                               15


Age                                                            12


Arranged employment in Canada         10


Adaptability                                              10