Six selection factors, 67 point grid – Federal Skilled Worker Program (Express Entry)


Six Selection Factors - Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

Before submitting an application for Canadian Permanent Residence Visa via Express Entry’s Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), it is mandatory for skilled workers to self-evaluate their profile, and check their eligibility on the basis of six selection factors. These factors are:

  Age

  Education

  Language Proficiency

  Work Experience

  Job Offer within Canada

  Adaptability

Overall score of these six selection factors is 100, and if the skilled workers score 67 points or higher, they become eligible to submit their application into the Express Entry’s pool via Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP).

AGE (Maximum 12 points)

Skilled Workers will get points on the basis of age. Point table is as follows:

AgePoints
Under 1800
18 - 3512
3611
3710
3809
3908
4007
4106
4205
4304
4403
4502
4601
47 and older00

EDUCATION (Maximum 25 points)

If education is earned within Canada

  For Skilled Workers who attended qualification from school/ college within Canada, a diploma/ degree from secondary institution (high school) or post-secondary institution is required

 

If education is earned outside Canada

  If the Skilled Workers attended qualification from school/ college outside of Canada, an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) Report from one of the ECA Designated Authorities, for the purpose of immigration is required

  ECA Report showing earned education is equal to a diploma/ degree from a Canadian secondary institution (high school) or post-secondary institution.

Points awarded on the basis of Type of Degree/ Certificate received are as follows:

Type of Degree/ CertificatePoints
Secondary school (high school diploma)5
One-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute15
Two-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute19
Bachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute21
Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees. One must be for a program of three or more years22
Master's degree, OR professional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession (For “professional degree,” the degree program must have been in: medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, law, chiropractic medicine, or pharmacy.)23
Doctoral level university degree (Ph.D.)25

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY (Maximum 28 points)

Language proficiency skills plays a vital role, when it comes to immigration. As per Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), for Express Entry’s Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), it is mandatory for a skilled worker to be able to communicate in 1 or both of Canada’s official language i.e. English or French.

For Primary or First Official Language it is mandatory for the skilled worker to score a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) level 7 in all four (4) modules whereas CLB or NCLC Level 5 in Secondary or Second Official Language*.

Note: Appearing for Secondary Language Test is optional for the skilled worker.

Point distribution as per the CLB or NCLC Level for both Primary and Secondary Language is as follows:

First official language (Maximum 24 points)
Primary LanguageListeningSpeakingReadingWriting
CLB level 9 or more6666
CLB level 85555
CLB level 74444
Below CLB level 7Not eligible to applyNot eligible to applyNot eligible to applyNot eligible to apply
Second official language (Maximum 4 points)
Secondary LanguagePoints
At least CLB 5 in all of the 4 modules4
CLB 4 or less in any of the 4 abilities0
WORK EXPERIENCE (Maximum 15 points)

For Foreign Skilled Workers it is mandatory to have a at least minimum of 1 year of continuous, paid and full time (or equivalent part time) work experience under a single occupation in past 10 years from the date of submission of application.

Additionally, it is mandatory to have work Experience in one (1) of the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) job groups:

  Managerial jobs (skill type 0),

  Professional jobs (skill level A), or

  Technical jobs and skilled trades (skill level B).

Full-time Experience: 1 year of continuous work or 1,560 hours total (30 hours per week),

Part-time Experience: 15 hours/week for 24 months = 1 year full time (1,560 hours)

IRCC doesn’t count any hours above 30 hours/week.

Point distribution as per the number of years of skilled work experience is as follows:

ExperiencePoints
1 year09
2 - 3 years11
4 - 5 years13
6 or more years15

ARRANGED EMPLOYMENT IN CANADA (Maximum 10 points)

In eligibility point grid of Express Entry’s Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) a skilled worker will get the benefit of 10 points for arranged employment if:

  Having a non-seasonal job offer letter from the Canadian Employer that is valid for at least 1 year.

  Received job offer letter is continuous, full-time, and paid.

  Offer job is from the list of occupations under Skill Type “0”, “A”, or “B”.

 

In addition to the above requirements, it is mandatory for the skilled worker to meet one of the below stated conditions.

Condition 1

Skilled worker should be currently working in Canada on a legal permit, and meet all the requirements:

  Work permit should be valid at the time of applying, till Permanent Resident Visa is issued or skilled worker is allowed to work without a permit in Canada.

  Work permit should be issued on the basis of a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in a job profile listed under skill type “0” or skill level “A” or “B” of the NOC.

  Skilled worker should be working for an employer named into the work permit.

Condition 2

Skilled Worker is working in Canada in a job, exempted from LMIA Requirement because of the following reason/s:

  Offer job is under international agreement (such as, the North American Free Trade Agreement), or.

  Offer job has significant benefit to Canadian interests or,

  Offer job is a result of federal-provincial agreement.

 

In addition, it is mandatory for the skilled workers to meet below stated requirements:

  Work permit should be valid at the time of applying, till Permanent Resident Visa is issued or skilled worker is allowed to work without a permit in Canada.

  Skilled worker should be working for an employer named into the work permit.

  Skilled worker should be working for the same employer for at least 1 continuous year as a full-time (or part-time equivalent), paid employee.

Condition 3

Skilled worker do not have any legal work permit, or plan to work in Canada before receiving Permanent Resident Visa, but have a valid LMIA approved job offer letter, offered by a Canadian Employer.

Condition 4

Skilled worker should have a legal work permit or allowed to work in Canada without a work permit. In addition it is also mandatory that a skilled worker should be 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.

Also, an employer other than the one you are currently working for having LMIA, offered a job based on that LMIA and on you being accepted as a skilled worker.

ADAPTABILITY (Maximum 10 points)

Both Primary and Secondary Applicant can earn points for having strong connection within Canada. Point grid for adaptability factors is given below:

Adaptability FactorsPoints (Maximum 10 Points)
Secondary Applicant's language proficiency exam.
At least CLB 4 level is required in all modules of English or French language exam.
05
Primary Applicant's Experience in Canada.
At least 1 year of full-time paid work experience in Canada on a legal permit, under NOC Level "0", "A" or "B".
10
Secondary Applicant's Experience in Canada.
At least 1 year of full-time paid work experience in Canada on a legal permit, under NOC Level "0", "A" or "B".
05
Primary Applicant's Education in Canada.
At least 2 academic years of full-time study.
05
Secondary Applicant's Education in Canada.
At least 2 academic years of full-time study.
05
Arranged employment in Canada.
Supported by an LMIA (unless exempt).
05
Relatives in Canada.
Primary or Secondary Applicant's relative, who is:
• 18+
• Currently living in Canada, and
• A Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident

This Relative can be:
• Parent
• Grandparent
• Child
• Grandchild
• Real Sibling
• Real Uncle or Aunt
• Real Niece of Nephew
05

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