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Federal Skilled Worker Adaptability Selection Factors

When an officer assesses adaptability, they will be looking at your ability to settle adequately in Canada.

If you have a spouse or common‑law partner who will immigrate with you to Canada, they can earn points for adaptability too. You can only get points for each item once.

The maximum number of points you can obtain in this section is 10.

Adaptability

Maximum 10 points

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 (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

To get these points, you must submit test results from an approved agency when you apply. Results cannot be more than two years old on the day you apply.

5

Your past study in Canada:

You finished at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program at least two years long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada.

Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week, and you must have stayed in good academic standing during that time.

5

Your spouse or partner’s past study in Canada:

Your spouse or common-law partner finished at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program at least two years long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada.

Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week, and your spouse or partner must have stayed in good academic standing (as set out by the school) during that time.

5

Your past work in Canada:

You did at least one year of full-time work in Canada:

1. in an occupation listed in Skill Type O or Skill Levels A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC), and

2. with a valid work permit or while authorized to work in Canada.

10

Your spouse or common-law partner’s past work in Canada:

Your spouse/partner did at least one year of full-time work in Canada on a valid work permit or while authorized to work in Canada.

5

Arranged Employment in Canada:

You earned points under Factor 5: Arranged Employment.

5

Relatives in Canada:
You, or, if it applies, your spouse or common-law partner, have a relative, either a
  • 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
    • living in Canada
    • 18 years or older and
    • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

5

These points are cumulative so that you can obtain points for more than one section; however, for this selection factor, there is a maximum of 10 points. This means that even though more than one section could apply to you, amounting to technically more than 10 points, the maximum you will be able to receive is 10.

Reviewing these sections, along with the other selection factors, will give you an idea of how many points you might score, which will provide an indication of the strength of your application.

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