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Federal Skilled Worker Selection Factor

Federal Skilled Worker Selection Factor

Federal Skilled Worker Selection Factor Based on Language, Education and Work Experience

Citizenship and Immigration Canada selects foreign skilled workers based their Language Ability, Education, Work Experience, Age, Arranged Employment in Canada and Adaptability. To qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program you need to score 67 points or higher to immigrate to Canada. If you score less than 67 points than unfortunately you will not qualify under this category and have to wait until your situation improves or retake some test to improve your scores. Below will discuss how points are calculated for Language Ability, Education and Work Experience.

Points Granted for Language Ability under Federal Skilled Worker Program

The maximum points you can get for English or French are 28 points under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. So being able to speak English or French is very important as it will help you in the Canadian job market. The 28 points are given based on your ability to speak, listen, read or write in English or French. Any claim you make on your application you must provide supporting documents when requested by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). So if you claimed your language at a certain level and you cannot provide proof when CIC makes the request then you will not get an invitation to apply. Also, the supporting documents for proof of language must only come from a language test agency that is approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). If you like to get points for English and French then you must provide your test results for each language at the same time. So when you take your language test it will tell you how many points you get for language selection factor.

Important things to note:

  • Schedule your language test that is approved by citizenship and immigration Canada

  • Make sure to include your results of your test when you apply- should you fail to include your documents then immigration Canada will return your application without processing it.

  • Do not send your language test results to CIC directly but rather submitting your test results with your application.

  • Your language test results cannot be older than two years old

  • When you create a profile under express entry, the profile is valid for 12 months, so you have to make sure your test results are valid for at least the same number of days.

  • Language test that are acceptable include: CELPIP-General, IELTS, TEF

How to calculate my Language Points for Federal Skilled Worker Program

To get points for your first official language you have to meet a minimum level of CLB 7in all areas of language (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

To get points for your second official language you have to get a minimum level of CLB 5 in areas of language (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

First Official Language

You can get points for your second official language only if you meet CLB 5 in all areas of language (speaking, listening, reading and writing). You can get four points for your second official language skills.

  First Official Language

Speaking Points

Listening Points

Reading Points

Writing Points

  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

Second Official Language

You can score four points in total for your basic level skills in your second official language and only if you have a score of at least CLB 5 in each of the four language abilities (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

  Second Official Language

Points

  At least CLB5 in all of the four abilities

4

  CLB 4 or less in any of the four abilities

0

Points Granted for Education under Federal Skilled Worker Program

The maximum points you can get for Education under Federal Skilled Worker Program is 25 points. To get points for education you must either have a Canadian diploma or certificate OR your foreign education is equivalent to Canadian education level that is approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). So when you apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program make sure to include all credentials whether it is Canadian or foreign credentials and include all your Educational Credential Assessment (ECA).

  EDUCATION

MAXIMUM 25 POINTS

University degree at the Doctoral (PhD) level or equal. The degree must be in one the mentioned fields. Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry, Optometry, Law, Chiropractic Medicine, or Pharmacy.

25 POINTS

University degree at the Master’s level or OR University level entry-to-practice professional degree). Occupation related to the degree must be: NOC 2011 Skill Level A, and licensed by a provincial regulatory body.

23 POINTS

Two or more Canadian post-secondary degrees or diplomas or equal (at least one must be for a program of at least three years)

22 POINTS

Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a program of three years or longer, or equal

21 POINTS

Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a two-year program, or equal

19 POINTS

Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a one-year program, or equal

15 POINTS

Canadian high school diploma, or equal

5 POINTS

Points Granted for Work Experience under Federal Skilled Worker Program

The maximum points you can get for Work Experience under Federal Skilled Worker is 15 points. The points given for work experience is based on number of years you have spent in full-time paid work. So it means you have to have at least 30 hours per week or an equal amount in part-time work. To be able to calculate your points you need to find out under what National Occupation Classification (NOC) your occupation falls under. So you need to go on CIC website and find out which NOC does your job description and main duties fall under. Your job description and job duties are very important to determine your NOC. Finding out the correct NOC is not easy task. It is recommended to consult with an immigration representative to ensure the best NOC is selected; applications can be refused for selecting the incorrect NOC. You can use the chart below to find out your points based on number of years of work experience.

Points given based on number of years of Work Experience

Work Experience

Maximum 15 Points

1 Year

9 POINTS

2 to 3 years

11 POINTS

4-5 years

13 POINTS

6 or more years

15 POINTS

Applying under Federal Skilled Worker Program? Contact Akrami & Associates today!!

Submitting an application under the Federal Skilled Worker Program is not an easy process. It is recommended to consult with an immigration expert such as Akrami & Associates prior to submitting your application. These applications are very detailed and make slight errors on your application can end up in refusal or delays in your application. Contact us today for further details at 416-477-2545.

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