Canada Express Entry Eligibility Points
In this guide, we will help you calculate whether you are eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program by considering certain selection points. After determining the factors for selection, you will be assigned with a specific score of 100. You have to score a minimum 67 points to be qualified for the FSW program. You can submit your Express Entry Eligibility points if you meet other criteria as well. Your profile will be ranked with a different system if you enter the Express Entry pool.
You cannot qualify for the FSW program if your score is below 67. You have to improve language skills, get an arranged job offer in Canada, and complete further diploma, degree or certificate to achieve a higher score.
Language Skills (28 points)
English and French are the official languages spoken in Canada. You need to be able to communicate in at least one of these languages. If you know both languages, you will get a higher preference in the job market of Canada. Your skills in both languages will be assessed on the following abilities –
To show your language skills, an approved language test must be taken. Here are the benchmarks used to test your French and English levels –
- English – Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB)
- French – NCLC or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens
You should achieve minimum NCLC 7 or CLB 7 in each of four language areas for 1 official language. You should meet minimum NCLC 5 or CLB 5 for the second official language in four areas of language. After taking a language test, you can check out how many points you can score for the factor of language selection.
Education (25 points)
You should have a diploma, certificate, or degree if you have attended a Canadian school –
- Post secondary institution
- High school or secondary school
You should have the following with foreign education –
- Education Credential Assessment (ECA) report from a concerned organization for immigration purposes which proves that your education is similar to degree, diploma or completed certificate from a post-secondary school or high school in Canada
Also submit your foreign or Canadian certificate and report of Educational Credential Assessment when applying.
Work Experience (15 points)
You can score points for your experience in full-time paid work over the years (minimum 30 hours in a week) or part time (minimum 15 hours/week for 2 years) at skill 0 type or level A/B of National Occupational Classification 2016. Your work experience will be considered to get points of selection factor if you were in abroad or in Canada, while working as self-employed professional, or when studying.
National Occupational Classification (NOC)
All the occupations in the job market of Canada are listed in National Occupational Classification. It is also used to categorize jobs, skills, duties, work settings, and talents for various occupations. For each job to be added in the Express Entry profile, you should note the “NOC code”. Keep it in a safe place because you will need it again. If the list of duties and description are similar to your work profile, you can consider the same for points.
|2 to 3 years||11|
|4 to 5 years||13|
|Above 6 years||15|
Age (12 points)
On the basis of your age when submitting application, you will score points –
|Under 18 years||0|
|18 to 35||12|
Arranged Job in Canada (10 points)
If you have a job offer of minimum 1 year from an employer in Canada, you can score points. You should have a job offer before applying as a Federal Skilled Worker to enter Canada.
For paid, continuous, full-time jobs (minimum 30 hours/week), valid job offers must be for a minimum 1 year and not seasonal. You must be in a job listed as Skill Level A/B or Skill Type 0 of NOC.
You need to ensure that –
- You can be certified or licensed in Canada (if job is regulated there)
- You can perform the job assigned
Also ensure one of these conditions apply to score 10 points for a job offer which is valid.
Condition 1 – You are working in Canada currently on work permit and you meet all such conditions –
You have valid work permit when applying and at the time of issue of permanent resident visa
Your work permit is issued on positive LMIA (Labor Market Impact Assessment)
You work for employer on work permit
Employer must have made job offer which is valid for accepting you as skilled worker
Condition 2 – You work in a job in Canada exempt from LMIA requirements because of federal-provincial agreement, international agreement or significant benefit for Canada.
Here are the conditions you need to meet –
- Your existing company offers a valid job offer on the basis of your acceptance as a skilled worker.
- You need to work for around 1 year for that employer
- You have a valid work permit when getting a permanent resident visa and at the time of application.
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