Canada Points System

Canada Points System

A minimum score of 67 points or higher is required to qualify for Canadian Permanent Residency. The below factors highly influence the points under Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS):

Age (Maximum 12 points)

Points are awarded based on your age

Age Points
Under 18 0
18 - 35 12
36 11
37 10
38 9
39 8
40 7
41 6
42 5
43 4
44 3
45 2
46 1
47 and older 0

Language Proficiency (Maximum 28 points)

English and French are Canada’s official languages and the ability to communicate in 1 or both the languages, helps the candidate in acquiring more points.

Points are based on candidate’s language skills in English & French and based on the ability to:

Immigration Authorities accept language test results furnished by the agency, which is approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)

Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) for English.

Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) for French

A minimum level of CLB 7 and NCLC 7 is expected for 1 official language in all 4 language areas. And for second official language minimum level expected is CLB 5 or NCLC 5 in all four areas.

Language points calculation

First Official Language Speaking Listening Reading Writing
CLB level 9 or higher 6 6 6 6
CLB level 8 5 5 5 5
CLB level 7 4 4 4 4
Below CLB level 7 Not eligible to apply
Second Official Language Points
At least CLB5 in all of the four abilities 4
CLB4 or less in any of the four abilities 0

Education

A maximum of 25 points are rewarded based on candidate’s education. Furnish the Canadian Diploma/ certificate or have the foreign education assessed by an agency approved by CIC.

Education Points
Doctorate PhD level 25
Master's level of professional Degree 23
Two or more post-secondary credentials 22
Three-year or longer post-secondary credential 21
Two-year post-secondary credential 19
One-year post-secondary credential 15
Secondary school/high school diploma 5

Work Experience

Maximum of 15 points are rewarded for doing full time job or part time job. The selection factor consider work experience if it was

National Occupation Classification (NOC)

NOC is a system used to classify jobs in Canadian economy. It describes duties, skills, talents and work settings for different jobs.

Experience Points
1 Year 9
2 - 3 Years 11
4 - 5 Years 13
6 or more Years 15

Arranged Employment

Points are rewarded for a permanent, full time job offer from a Canadian employer. The job must be arranged before you apply to come to Canada as a Federal skilled worker.

A Valid job offer must be:

The below chart illustrates the points

Condition Particulars Points
You currently work in Canada on a work permit and you meet all of the following conditions Your work permit is valid both when you apply and when the permanent resident visa is issued (or you’re allowed to work in Canada without a permit when your permanent resident visa is issued). 10
CIC issued your work permit based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Your employer would have applied for the LMIA, which you then had to attach to your application to CIC.
You are working for an employer named on your work permit who has made a permanent job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.
Condition Particulars Points
You currently work in Canada in a job that is exempt from the LMIA requirement under an international agreement (such as, the North American Free Trade Agreement) or a federal-provincial agreement. Your work permit is valid both when you apply and when the permanent resident visa is issued (or you’re allowed to work in Canada without a permit when your permanent resident visa is issued). 10
Your current employer has made a valid job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.
You are currently working for the employer specified on your work permit.
You have been working for that employer for at least 1 year, continuous full-time or part-time equivalent.
Condition Particulars Points
You must meet all of the following conditions You currently don’t have a work permit, or don’t plan to work in Canada before you get a permanent resident visa. 10
An employer has a LMIA.
That employer has made you a valid job offer based on that LMIA and on you being accepted as a skilled worker.
Condition Particulars Points
You must meet all of the following conditions You have a valid work permit or are allowed to work in Canada without a work permit. 10
You’re currently working in Canada in a job that is exempt from a LMIA, but it is not under an international, federal-provincial agreement or because of significant benefit to Canadian interests.
An employer other than the one you are currently working for:
• Has a LMIA
• Has made you a valid job offer based on that LMIA and on you being accepted as a skilled worker.

Note:

LMIAs and valid job offers

You can’t get a LMIA (your employer must do this for you).

Employment and Social Development Canada will only confirm valid job offers for occupations listed in skill type 0, or skill level A or B, of the NOC.

Adaptability

You and your spouse or common-law partner who will immigrate with you to Canada can earn points for adaptability. You and your spouse can earn a maximum of 10 points by combining any of the elements below. These elements assess how well you and your spouse are likely to settle in Canada.

Adaptability Points
Your spouse or partner’s language level
Your spouse or common-law partner has a language level in either English or French at CLB 4 level or higher in all 4 language abilities (speaking, listening, reading and writing)
To get these points, you must submit your spouse or common-law partner’s test results from an approved agency when you apply. The language tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result. They must be valid on the day you apply for permanent residence.
5
Your past studies in Canada
You completed at least 2 academic years of full-time study (in a program at least 2 years long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada.
Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week. You must have stayed in good academic standing (as set out by the school) during that time.
5
Your spouse or partner’s past studies in Canada
Your spouse or common-law partner completed at least 2 academic years of full-time study (in a program at least 2 years long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada.
Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week, and your spouse or partner must have stayed in good academic standing (as set out by the school) during that time
5
Your past work in Canada
You did at least 1 year of full-time work in Canada
In a job listed in Skill Type 0 or Skill Levels A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC)
And, with a valid work permit, or while authorized to work in Canada.
10
Your spouse or common-law partner’s past work in Canada
Your spouse or partner did at least 1 year of full-time work in Canada on a valid work permit or while authorized to work in Canada.
5
Arranged employment in Canada
You earned points for having arranged employment.
5
Relatives in Canada
You, or your spouse or common-law partner, have a relative who is:
living in Canada
18 years or older and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
This relative must be a:
parent
grandparent
child
grandchild
your or your spouse’s sibling (child of your or your spouse’s parent)
your or your spouse’s aunt or uncle (by blood or marriage)
your or your spouse’s niece or nephew (grandchild of your or your spouse’s parent)
5
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