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Federal Skilled Worker

As one of the most popular immigration programs in Canada, the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) effectively brings thousands of immigrants to Canada each year. It provides an opportunity for individuals and their families to immigrate to Canada if they meet the FSWP Eligibility Requirements.

Federal Skilled Worker applications are assessed based on the applicant’s ability to become economically established upon arriving in Canada.

Minimum requirements to apply as a Federal Skilled Worker:


Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a mandatory document that an employer in Canada require before hiring a foreign national worker.

A positive LMIA will confirm that there is a genuine need for a foreign national worker to fill the vacancy. It confirms that no Canadian worker is available for the same. It may be called a confirmation letter also in technical.

Employer have to apply if there is a needs of an LMIA. Once received by employer, the worker can apply for a work permit.

Requirements To apply for a work permit:

  • A Confirm job offer letter,

  • Copy of contract,

  • Copy of the LMIA, & the LMIA number.(Mandatory

The TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS PROGRAM works in accordance of three key departments, having the following roles:

  • ESDC, for conducting employer compliance reviews & determining labour market impact assessments.

  • IRCC, for processing applications received.

  • CBSA - the Canada Border Services Agency, for conducting port-of-entry examinations and admitting foreign nationals.

The TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS PROGRAM is administered based on wage instead of the NOC. Employers need to know whether they are paying a high or low wage, and the requirements for hiring foreign workers in one of the following occupation streams under the TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS PROGRAM:

High-wage positions : positions in which the wage offered is at or above the provincial/territorial median wage. Examples of high-wage positions include management, professional, scientific, technical, or skilled trade occupations. Generally, these occupations are also considered high-skilled and can be found throughout many sectors of the economy, and as a result often have very diverse recruitment practices and regulatory requirements.

Low-wage positions: positions in which the wage offered is below the provincial/territorial median wage. The general goal of the low-wage positions stream is to correct labour market imbalances when there is a shortage of Canadians and permanent residents, so generally there is a 10 percent cap on the number of temporary foreign workers that employers may hire. 10  Examples of low-wage positions include general labourers, food counter attendants, and sales and service, cleaners, cashiers, and drivers. Generally, these jobs require at most a high school diploma or a maximum of two years of job-specific training, and low wages are paid. It is with respect to these types of occupations that the government has received much criticism over its inability to identify whether the need to fill labour shortages is a short-term phenomenon or the result of longer-term changes in the economy.


Foreign agricultural stream : positions associated with occupations and activities related to primary agriculture where work is performed on a farm, nursery, or greenhouse and involves the operation of agricultural machinery, or the boarding, care, breeding, sanitation, or other handling of animals, other than fish, for the purpose of obtaining raw animal products for market, or the collection, handling, and assessment of those raw products, or the planting, care, harvesting, or preparation of crops, trees, sod, or other plants for market.

If you are an employer and you have a hard time finding an employee with skills required at your business. You may take advantage of the Temporary Foreign Workers program. For more insights on the same please talk to us.

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