Federal skilled workers

Federal skilled workers (FSW) are chosen as permanent residents based on their ability to settle in Canada and take part in our economy. We assess them on their:

  • English and/or French skills,
  • education,
  • work experience, and
  • other factors that have been shown to help them prosper in Canada.

The rules to apply as an FSW can change from time to time without notice. Make sure you keep checking this site if you want to immigrate to Canada as an FSW.

Determine your eligibility

Find out if you are eligible to come to Canada as a FSW.


Follow the steps to apply as a FSW.

Check processing times

Find out how long it will take CIC to process your application.

After you apply: get next steps

Find out what you should do after you apply to come to Canada as an FSW.

Prepare for arrival

Be prepared and know what to expect when you arrive in Canada.

Note: The province of Quebec is responsible for selecting its own skilled workers. If you plan on living in Quebec, see Quebec-selected skilled workers for more information.

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