FSW (Federal Skilled Worker) is the eligibility factor for the Canadian immigration process. Prospects should attain 67 points out of 100 in the pre-defined points grid proposed by the Canadian government. Any score below 67 is considered as not eligible for the Express Entry process.
Scoring 67 or higher doesn’t guarantee you the nomination but you are qualified to apply for the process. Hence FSW points are called as eligibility factors.
The 100 points grid is the consolidation of your:
The six selection factors are considered on a prospect profile for eligibility, generally a prospect with Bachelor credential, 2 years of experience and superior communication skills can qualify for the EE process.
|Age (Maximum 12 points)||Points|
|Under 18||0 Points|
|Education Qualification (Maximum 25 points)||Points|
|Doctoral level||25 Points|
|Post graduate or masters||23 Points|
|Double Bachelor||22 Points|
|Diploma 3 years after high school||19 Points|
|Diploma 3 years after 10th std||15 Points|
|High School||05 Points|
|Work Experience (Maximum 15 points)||Points|
|1 years||9 Points|
|2-3 years||11 Points|
|4-5 years||13 Points|
|6+ years||15 Points|
|Language ability (28 points)||Reading||Speaking||Writing||Listening|
|Points||6||6||6||6 to 7|
|Spouse IELTS||05 Points|
|Blood Relation||05 Points|
|Previous Work experience in Canada as a skilled occupation (minimum 1year)||05 Points|
|If your partner or spouse have previous work experience or study||05 Points|
|Not Applicable||0 Points|
|Employement in Canada||10 Points|
|Not Applicable||0 Points|
To apply for a Canada PR visa one must achieve 67 points in the selection factors grid provided by IRCC. The overall selection factor comprises 100 points out of which every individual must satisfy the minimum of 67 points any score obtained below 67 is considered as Non eligible for Express Entry PR process. The 6 selection factors to check eligibility for Canada PR is as follows.
All 6 criteria has its own maximum points which sums up 100 points. Depending on one’s ability every individual must attain points ranging from 67 to 100.
|Age (Maximum 12 points)||Points|
|Level of Education||Points (25 max)|
|Doctoral (PhD) level||25|
|Two or more post-secondary degrees - at least one for a program of at least 3 years||22|
|Post-secondary degree - 3 years or longer||21|
|Post-secondary degree - 2 years||19|
|Post-secondary degree - 1 year||15|
|Work Experience||Points (15 max)|
|6 or more years||15|
|Proficiency – English||IELTS Score||Points (24 max)|
|First Official Language||Speaking||Listening||Reading||Writing|
|CLB 9||7.0||8.0||7.0||7.0||6 pts/ability|
|CLB 8||6.5||7.5||6.5||6.5||5 pts/ability|
|CLB 7||6.0||6.0||6.0||6.0||4 pts/ability|
|Second Official Language French (OPTIONAL)|
|Score must be met in all four abilities||5.0||5.0||4.0||5.0||4 Points Maximum|
|Adaptability||Points (10 max)|
|Primary Applicant past work in Canada
You did at least one year of full-time work in Canada (NOC Skill Type 0, A or B) with a valid work permit or while authorized to work in Canada.
|Your spouse or partner's full-time work in Canada:
Your spouse or common-law partner did at least one year of full-time work in Canada on a valid work permit or while authorized to work in Canada.
|Your past study in Canada
You finished at least two academic years of full-time (15 hrs/week) study in a program at least two years long at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada, and stayed in good academic standing during that time.
|Arranged Employment in Canada
You earned points under Factor 5: Arranged Employment
|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 four language abilities (IELTS Listening 4.0, Reading 4.5, Writing 3.5, Speaking 4.0)
|Relatives in Canada You, or your spouse or common-law partner, have a relative who is living in Canada AND 18 years or older AND a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, either a:||5|
|Relatives in Canada
You, or your spouse or common-law partner, have a relative who is living in Canada AND 18 years or older AND a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, either a:
• child of a parent (sibling),
• child of a grandparent (aunt or uncle), or
• grandchild of a parent (niece or nephew)
|If||And||Points (10 max)|
|You currently work in Canada on a temporary work permit.||Your work permit is valid both when you apply and when the visa is issued (or you are authorized to work in Canada without a work permit when your visa is issued)
IRCC 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 IRCC
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.
|You currently work in Canada in a job that is exempt from the LMIA requirement under an international agreement (such as, the North America Free Trade Agreement) or
a federal-provincial agreement.
You currently do not have a work permit, or do not plan to work in Canada before you get a permanent resident visa.
You are currently working in Canada and a different employer has offered to give you a permanent full-time job.
You are currently working in Canada in a job that is exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment, but not under an international or federal-provincial agreement.
|Your work permit is valid both when you apply and when the visa is issued (or you are authorized to work in Canada without a work permit when your visa is issued)
Your current employer has made a permanent job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker
An employer has made you a permanent job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker
The employer has a positive Labour Impact Assessment from ESDC
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