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Federal Skilled Worker Program

As of November 5, 2011, international PhD students were eligible to submit applications for processing as federal skilled workers.1 

On May 4, 2013, the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) was revised and re-opened.2 

Note: “Between May 4, 2013, and April 30, 2014, [CIC] will consider no more than 5,000 complete federal skilled worker applications from the eligible occupations stream for processing and 1,000 from the PhD stream. Within the 5,000 cap, we will consider no more than 300 applications per eligible occupation for processing within this same time frame. There is no cap on applications with a valid job offer.”3 

Basic Eligibility

[CIC] can only process your application if you have:

At least one year of continuous and paid (full-time or an equal amount in part-time) work experience




No matter what category above you apply to, you must also meet minimum requirements in work experience, language ability and education.

If your application is eligible to be processed, you will be assessed based on all of the other FSW program requirements, such as the six selection factors in the skilled worker points grid and having enough money to support yourself and your family in Canada.

To find out more about the application requirements and to see if you would qualify as a Federal Skilled Worker, visit the following CIC websites: