The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program accepts potential immigrants based on their skills or ability to establish themselves successfully in Canada.  In the past, applicants needed one year of experience, settlement funds, and 67/100 points on a grid system designed to assess each applicant individually.  As of July 1, 2012, however, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) placed many aspects of the FSW Program on hold for re-evaluation.

When the FSW Program restarts on May 4, 2013, there will be changes in how the selection criteria are evaluated for all applicants.  CIC is still re-evaluating the final stage of the process (which will still involve assessing an applicant using a grid system), but the earlier steps have been clarified.  Applicants must qualify in each stage before they can move on to assessment at the next stage.  Below is a summary of what we know so far.

STAGE 1: Basic Qualifications

All principal applicants must meet ONE of the following three requirements:

1.   The applicant has at least one year of continuous work experience in one of the 24 eligible occupations listed below.

There is an overall limit of 5,000 new applications, and a limit of 300 applications in any individual eligible occupation category.

Eligible occupations (under 2011 National Occupation Classification code):

  • 0211 Engineering managers
  • 1112 Financial and investment analysts
  • 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers
  • 2131 Civil engineers
  • 2132 Mechanical engineers
  • 2134 Chemical engineers
  • 2143 Mining engineers
  • 2144 Geological engineers
  • 2145 Petroleum engineers
  • 2146 Aerospace engineers
  • 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)
  • 2154 Land surveyors
  • 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • 2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
  • 3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • 3142 Physiotherapists
  • 3143 Occupational Therapists
  • 3211 Medical laboratory technologists
  • 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
  • 3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • 3215 Medical radiation technologists
  • 3216 Medical sonographers
  • 3217 Cardiology technicians and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (not elsewhere classified)

2.   The applicant has a qualifying offer of arranged employment (AEO).

Starting May 4th, 2013, if you have a positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO), it will be considered as an offer of arrangement employment.  This is different than the process currently in place.

3.   The applicant is eligible to apply through the Ph.D. stream.

STAGE 2: Minimum Language Threshold

All prospective FSW applicants should first determine whether they meet the new minimum language threshold.  Applicants must provide test results from one of the following language assessment tests to demonstrate they have the equivalent of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 7 in all four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).


Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

A FSW Program applicant must score at least 4L on the CELPIP-General test in each of the four skills to meet the minimum language threshold.  A score of 4L on the CELPIP-General test corresponds to CLB 7.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

A FSW Program applicant must score at least 6.0 on the IELTS General Training test in each of the four skills to meet the minimum language threshold of CLB 7.


Test d’évaluation de français (TEF)

A FSW Program applicant must score at least 206 in reading, 248 in listening, and 309 in both speaking and writing on the TEF to meet the minimum language threshold of NCLC 7.

STAGE 3: Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)

Educational credentials earned outside of Canada must be assessed by a designated organization. Applicants with Canadian educational credentials do not need an ECA, unless they are also submitting a foreign educational credential in support of an application.  Potential applicants may start the process of getting an ECA before May 4, 2013 if they are planning to submit a foreign educational credential.

As of April 17, 2013, four organizations have been designated by the government to provide ECA reports for the purpose of immigrating to Canada under the FSW Program. Additional organizations may be designated by CIC in the future. The currently designated organizations are:

Applicants should contact the designated organizations directly for further information on documentation requirements, processing times and fees.

CIC will only accept ECA reports issued after the date the organization was designated by CIC to provide ECA reports for immigration purposes.  For the four organizations listed above, that date is April 17, 2013.  An ECA report remains valid for immigration purposes for five years from the date of issue.

We hope the above summary has been helpful.  If you would like to discuss your specific situation, obtain guidance about qualifying for the FSW Program, or get advice about your application, please contact our office.

If you have any individual questions or concerns, please contact our office for more customized consultation for your unique situation.  Please note that this posting is for general information only and is not to be considered binding or official legal counsel since situations will vary and can be complicated. The content in this post is current as of the day of entry. Due to the changing nature of Immigration law, the information in this entry may or may not still be applicable.

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I would definitely recommend JR Law to anyone seeking immigration assistance. We first met Jennifer in November 2011, and she and her team proceeded over the last 2 years to help my husband achieve permanent residency status thru in-land spousal sponsorship. I know that many people attempt to do this process on their own, but after being thru it, I would never recommend that. Laws are always changing, and it was such piece of mind to know that we were getting the most current information, and that everything was being done correctly. We definitely hit some bumps in the road... immigration lost part of our file, which needed to be redone, and then they were on strike, slowing everything down. JR Law supported us during the entire extra, unexpected time. Again, these things happen and we were happy to have legal support throughout. The team at JR law was always friendly, organized, supportive, and very fair and honest. We will definitely be seeing them again moving forward with any immigration issues in the future!read more
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Ted Yoon
Ted Yoon
01:13 02 Aug 18
I came to Canada from Korea for college and ended up staying and working in my field. When I was eligible to apply for Permanent residency through the Canadian Experience Class, I was looking for some help. I was introduced to Jennifer through the Korean community and I went for a consultation. She sounded confident and that she could solve the problems that I had with my situation. I’m glad that I decided to hire Jennifer. She knows much more than some consultants that I talked to in Toronto. She and her office are confident and knowledgeable about what they do. They are expensive, but I always received a response quickly whenever I had a question or had provided them with documents. The fact that Jennifer could communicate with my family in Korean was very helpful. She also has an understanding of the cultural concerns that are common to South Korean men my age regarding military service in our home country. I liked that, because I lived out of town, I was able to have skype meetings with the office rather than having to drive to Kitchener to meet. Now I’m a permanent resident and I’m able to move on with my life. I’m looking forward to being able to apply for Canadian citizenship as soon as possible and I know I’ll be back for another consultation with Jennifer. Ted
Cheyenne Cartwright
Cheyenne Cartwright
21:38 01 Aug 18
We found this law office in one of the most challenging periods of our lives. Newly married, my wife Canadian and myself American, we had drastically misunderstood the processes necessary to ensure I would be able to build a life with her in Ontario, and I was only a couple of weeks away from a potential notice of deportation. Based on the mistakes I made, I did not think I even deserved a chance to make it right and managed the (short, but painful) wait for an appointment with plans to move back to the US and restart the process. Already partially reassured by the incredibly fast and professional response of the office's staff, I went into the meeting cautiously optimistic, and to make a long story short, we immediately agreed to enter a process that just in the past couple of months culminated in securing my permanent residency. Along the way, I received expedited permissions to pursue a job in Ontario, mentoring throughout the process of acquiring required documents and testimonials, anything we could have wanted, especially and all importantly the peace of mind mentioned in other reviews here already. And I never had to be separated from my wife at any point. While expensive, the costs were well explained, and we were coached in how to keep the costs as low as possible by doing as much on our end as we could. This resulted in a sizable refund of our retainer, given to us immediately along with my notice of permanent residency. I have nothing but praise for their office and staff, and anticipate continuing to exchange Christmas greetings/gifts over many happy years here in the province.
Franky Tacia
Franky Tacia
23:45 28 Jul 18
Completely unprofessional reception and an absolute scam as far as “initial consultation” that was her scribbling and circling on a bunch of random questions that lasted 15 minutes for $1000.00. Learned absolutely nothing new other then she wanted another $9,000.00 to help. Stay away!!!
Hannah Schell
Hannah Schell
16:01 24 Jul 18
A Canadian-American couple, we have been married for a long time and had been living in the United States. We are both college professors, and have struggled for years with balancing our two careers. When Martin got a job offer “back home” in Canada, we decided it was time to start a new chapter and made arrangements to begin immigrating. We had previously gone through the long, messy process of immigration to the U.S. for Martin’s green card and ended up having to hire a lawyer after trying to do it on our own. This time we wanted things done smoothly and so we started looking online for help. We googled immigration lawyers in the area and saw that Jennifer’s office was all women. Intrigued, we read everything on her website and made arrangements for a consultation when we were visiting. The date of that first consultation actually coincided with our 20th wedding anniversary - what’s more romantic than a visit to a lawyer’s office! The price tag was sobering but since we wanted this done right, we decided to go ahead. We sensed they knew what they were doing, were organized and efficient, and we liked that they didn’t talk down to us. Jennifer talks fast (!) and processes information quickly, and we appreciated that she was very thorough and open and gave us all the information we needed to make an informed decision. We decided to hire Jennifer and her team and we have never regretted that decision. Every interaction with the office (whether in person, phone or email) was professional and friendly. They were continually helpful and although we were sharing a lot of personal information, we trusted them. The most valuable thing they gave us was peace of mind. They are very efficient and we didn’t have to worry about the details. They had told us how long they expected the process to take, which helped give me a timeline of when I would be able to look for new job opportunities here in Canada, and we are thrilled that it turned out to be even faster than what they had told us. They were able to offer helpful suggestions for how to get all the needed materials along the way, including the medical exam, finger-printing, background checks, etc. We recommend that you at least go and have a consultation with Jennifer to find out all your options. They are friendly, fast, smart and helpful. Now I’m a permanent resident here and Martin and I are enjoying settling into our new community. Thank you Jennifer and team for helping us start this new chapter in our lives! Hannah & Martin
Alison Moffatt
Alison Moffatt
20:42 04 Jul 18
We're so thankful we found Jennifer & her law office! As a small company, we were able to navigate the immigration system with their help and guidance - and got the outcome we wanted! Thank you so so much for everything, we have really appreciated working with your team.
L. Spalla
L. Spalla
17:13 25 Feb 18
They charged 300 just for one hour and a half consultation, so I asked roughly how much it would be to apply for sponsorship, they couldn’t tell me I was only calling them because I’m actually from Toronto and my fiancé wants to get a lawyer close to kw Long story short, her secretary were pushing me for a consultation without trying at least understand my situation and get me a price Basically what I’ve seen is, u go for consultation, spend 300$ they charge u whatever after, if u r not ok with the price, they still made 300$ on you
Arielle N
Arielle N
03:25 20 Dec 17
We went to Jennifer with just under two months before my work permit expired and I wanted to apply for PR. Long story short, Jennifer and her staff was incredible, thorough, well experienced and fast! We all worked very hard to get my application in and today I'm already a permanent resident of this great country. Pricey though but what lawyer isn't..she does pre-warn about that but honestly with how fast they worked and their knowledge around the entire process, it was all worth it. Thank you Jennifer Roggemann and your wonderful staff. I truly believe they are the best in town.
21:46 22 Nov 17
Very honest, straightforward person. She gave me all of the information I needed in order to make an informed decision.
Louise Cowden
Louise Cowden
13:55 05 Jun 17
In August 2015 we walked into Jennifer's office looking for advice on how to get John PR status, and walked out after our appointment wishing we had come to see them sooner. Jennifer gave us all of the options available and set some realistic expectations. It's been nearly 2 years since we walked into her office, and just last week John became a permanent resident. We couldn't have done it without everyone in the office, they made things so much easier. The value, to us, of having Jennifer and her team is that we were not worried about our application. We knew that we were in great hands, and we would get the outcome that we were hoping for. Especially thankful for Heather and Erica, you both played a huge part in making sure that I kept calm; the professional and knowledgeable manner that you both have kept my mind at ease throughout the last year and a half. Without them, we wouldn't be able to move on with our lives in Canada. We can't thank you enough for everything that you have done for us. Louise and John
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