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As you must have already known, the Canadian Immigration is a points based immigration system where certain points are given for your core factors.


If you score 67 points or higher, you may qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.


If you meet the other requirements too, you can submit a profile to the Express Entry pool. Once you’re in the Express Entry pool, we use a different system to rank your profile.


If you score lower than 67 points, you won’t qualify for the program. You may be able to get a higher score by doing things like:

  • improving your language skills
  • completing another degree, diploma, or certificate
  • receiving an offer of arranged employment in Canada


Language skills (maximum 28 points):


You can get up to 28 points for your language skills in English and French. These points are based on your ability to:


  • write
  • read
  • listen
  • speak


Language testing:


You must take an approved language test to prove your language levels.


  • Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) for English
  • Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) for French


You must get a minimum level of CLB 7 or NCLC 7 for 1 official language in all 4 language areas. To get points for the second official language, you must meet the minimum level of CLB 5 or NCLC 5 in all 4 language areas


Calculate your language points:


First official language (maximum 24 points)

Check the table below and add the points that match your skill level:

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 Not eligible to apply Not eligible to apply Not eligible to apply


Second official language (maximum 4 points)

You can get 4 points only if you have a score of at least CLB 5 in each of the 4 language abilities

Second official language Points
At least CLB 5 in all of the 4 abilities 4
CLB 4 or less in any of the 4 abilities 0


Education (maximum 25 points):


If you went to school in Canada, you must have a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian:

  • secondary institution (high school) or
  • post-secondary institution


If you have foreign education, you must have:

  • an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report for immigration purposes from a designated organization showing that your education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian: o secondary institution (high school) or
  • post-secondary institution


You must include your Canadian credential or your foreign credential and Educational Credential Assessment report when you apply.

  • How to read your report and calculate your points for education


Work experience (maximum 15 points):


You can get points for the number of years you’ve spent doing full-time paid work (at least 30 hours per week, or an equal amount of part-time [15 hours per week for 24 months]) at skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the National Occupational Classification.


To get selection factor points, your work experience will count if it was:

  • in Canada or abroad
  • while you were studying
  • while being self-employed


Use this chart to find the number of points based on your number of years of experience.

Experience Maximum 15 points
1 year 9
2-3 years 11
4-5 years 13
6 or more years 15


Age (maximum 12 points):


You’ll get points based on your age on the day we get your application.

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


Arranged employment in Canada (maximum 10 points)


You can get points if you have a job offer of at least 1 year from a Canadian employer. You must get the job offer before you apply to come to Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker.


A valid job offer has to be:


  • for continuous, paid, full-time work (minimum of 30 hours/week) that is:
  • not seasonal
  • for at least 1 year
  • in an occupation listed as Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the NOC.


Other conditions are:

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