Federal Skilled Workers Selection Factors
To be qualified as a skilled worker, you will be assessed on six selection factors and a point system. You must obtain at least 67 points according to the following six selection factors in the skilled worker points grid.
|Education||Maximum 25 points|
|Ability in English and/or French||Maximum 28 points|
|Experience||Maximum 15 points|
|Age||Maximum 12 points|
|Arranged employment in Canada||Maximum 10 points|
|Adaptability||Maximum 10 points|
|Total||Maximum 100 points|
|Pass mark||67 points|
Education (Maximum 25 points)
You can earn selection points for your degrees or diplomas and the number of years you spent in full-time or full-time equivalent study.
|Level of Education||Points|
|Doctoral level||25 Points|
|Master’s level or professional degree||23 Points|
|Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential||22 Points|
|Three-year or longer post-secondary credential||21 Points|
|Two-year post-secondary credential||19 Points|
|One-year post-secondary credential||15 Points|
|Secondary school||5 Points|
|Secondary school not completed||0 Point|
Ability in English and/or French (Maximum 28 points)
Points are awarded under the Language Skills Factor based upon your ability to speak Canada's two official languages. You may indicate either the English or French language as the first or second language for the purpose of being assessed under the Language Skills Factor.
Credits for Language Skills are awarded on the following basis:
|Level (First Language)||Speaking||Listening||Reading||Writing|
|Under CLB 7||0||0||0||0|
|Level (Second Language)||Speaking||Listening||Reading||Writing|
|Under CLB 5||0||0||0||0|
Once you have taken a language test from a designated testing agency (IELTS for English and/or TEF for French), you can determine how many points you will be awarded for language proficiency.
Use the following tables to determine how many points you will be awarded for your test scores with the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Test d'evaluation de Francais (TEF):
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
|CLB 5||IELTS 5||IELTS 5||IELTS 4||IELTS 5|
|CLB 6||IELTS 5.5||IELTS 5.5||IELTS 5||IELTS 5.5|
|CLB 7||IELTS 6||IELTS 6||IELTS 6||IELTS 6|
|CLB 8||IELTS 6.5||IELTS 7.5||IELTS 6.5||IELTS 6.5|
|CLB 9||IELTS 7||IELTS 8||IELTS 7||IELTS 7|
Test d'evaluation de Francais (TEF)
Experience (Maximum 15 Points)
You will earn points for the number of years you have spent in full-time (30 hours per week) or equivalent paid work during the last 10 years in skilled and management occupation (Skill levels A, B and O of National Occupational Classification). You must have at least one year experience to considered as a skilled worker.
Points are awarded on the following basis:
|Six years or more||15 points|
|Four years||13 points|
|Two years||11 points|
|One year||9 points|
You will be awarded selection points based on your age at the time when the visa office receives your application according to the following table:
|18 to 35||12|
|47 or more||0|
Arranged Employment (Maximum 10 Points)
Arranged Employment is a genuine job offer by a Canadian employer that is approved (validated) by Human Resources & Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).
Arranged Employment provides the Federal Skilled Worker applicant with up to an additional 10 points towards Citizenship and Immigration Canada's (CIC) selection factor requirement.
These points are awarded under the Arranged Employment Factor as follows:
|You have a permanent job offer from a Canadian employer, approved by the HRSDC||10 points|
|You have a permanent job offer from a Canadian employer, without the necessity of HRSDC approval, if you are employed in Canada by the same employer||10 points|
An additional 5 points may also be awarded under the Adaptability Factor.
Adaptability(Maximum 10 Points)
You will earn points on the Adaptability on the basis of factors which are expected to improve your ability to become economically established in Canada as follows:
|Principal Applicant Previous Work in Canada (min. 1 yr at NOC 0, A, B)||10|
|Accompanying Spouse/Partner Previous Work in Canada||5|
|Principal Applicant Previous Study in Canada||5|
|Accompanying Spouse/Partner Previous Study in Canada||5|
|Relative in Canada 18 years or over (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, child of a parent, sibling, child of a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or grandchild of a parent, niece or nephew) who is residing in Canada and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.||5|
|Accompanying spouse/partner’s official language (CLB/NCLC 4)||5|