Federal Skilled Worker Program – Point System
Mateo is a Colombian architect. He holds a Master’s degree from an American accredited university. He knows English very well and a little bit of French. Mateo is 48 years old. He is married to his wife, Luciana. His wife holds a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Luciana’s sister, who is a Canadian citizen, lives in Ottawa, Ontario. Mateo has worked full-time for a well-respected Colombian construction company in the past ten years. He wonders if he qualifies for immigration to Canada. He is especially concerned about his age.
If you apply for immigration to Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidate, you need to meet both the minimum requirements and the minimum necessary points. For more information about the minimum requirements read the following article:
The minimum point is 67 out of 100 possible points. You may like to know; these points are divided into six factors:
- Knowledge of official Canadian languages (i.e. English and French) – up to 28 points
- Education credentials – up to 25 points
- Work experience – up to 15 points
- Age of the principal applicant – up to 12 points
- A valid job offer in Canada (arranged employment) – up to 10 points
- Adaptability – up to 10 points
Knowledge of Official Canadian Languages
Canada has two official languages; French and English. You need to be familiar with at least one of them. You also need to take a good language test to prove your ability to an immigration officer. Consider the following:
- If you know one official language, you will receive a maximum of 24 points.
- For the second official language, you could receive up to 4 more points.
- The points are based on each of the four language abilities (i.e. speaking, listening, reading, and writing). The overall score is not essential.
- The only approved English tests are CELPIP and IELTS General.
- The only approved French tests are TEF Canada and TCF Canada.
- IRCC may change the acceptable tests and scoring system from time to time
If you completed your education outside Canada, you need to provide an acceptable Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report to the IRCC. The maximum number of points for education is 25.
The following list shows the breakdown of points for work experience. Your experience needs to be equivalent to a full-time job in the past ten years. Only work experience in a NOC 0, A, or B job is acceptable.
- Six years or more – 15 points
- Four to five years – 13 points
- Two to three years – 11 points
- One year – 9 points
Age of the Principal Applicant
You may receive up to 12 points for age, based on the following table.
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A Valid Job Offer in Canada (Arranged Employment)
- A NOC 0, A, or B job
- A full-time job for at least one year
- You can do the job and, if necessary, get all the required licenses.
If you receive a valid job offer, you will be exempt from the minimum unencumbered funds. You also receive 10 points.
Read the following articles for more information:
Adaptability offers you a maximum of 10 points. You may receive points under the following subcategories. PA refers to the Principal Applicant in the following list.
- PA’s spouse or partner’s language level (the equivalent of CLB 4 or higher) – 5 points
- PA’s past studies in Canada (at least two years of full-time secondary or post-secondary studies) – 5 points
- PA’s spouse or partner’s past studies in Canada (at least two years of full-time secondary or post-secondary studies) – 5 points
- PA’s past work in Canada (at least one-year full time in NOC type 0 or level A or B with a valid work permit) – 5 points
- PA’s spouse or common-law partner’s past work in Canada – 5 points
- PA’s valid job offer to Canada (arranged employment) – 5 points (on top of the ten independent points you receive because of this job offer)
- Relatives in Canada (either the PA or the spouse or common-law partner of the PA) – 5 points
Relatives must currently be living in Canada. They have to be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. They also need to be at least 18 years old. Acceptable relatives include the following concerning the PA or PA’s spouse or common-law partner:
- children or grandchildren
- parents or grandparents
- siblings (brothers or sisters)
- nephews or nieces
- uncles or aunts (by marriage or blood)
Federal Skilled Worker Program & Express Entry
The Federal Skilled Worker Program is managed under the Express Entry system since January 2015. For more information, read the following articles.
- Express Entry Immigration to Canada
- Express Entry vs. the Old Federal Skilled Worker Program to Canada
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