Canada Federal Skilled Worker Point Based Immigration Visa- Key Features

Canada Federal Skilled Worker – Understanding Point Based System

Canadian federal skilled workers applications are assessed against the points the applicants get under six selection factors. The applicant must get a minimum pass mark out of a maximum of 100 points.

The six selection factors are:

Factor 1 – Education

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Maximum 25 points
Factor 2 – Ability in English and or French Maximum 24 points
Factor 3 – Experience Maximum 21 points
Factor 4 – Age Maximum 10 points
Factor 5 -Arranged employment in Canada Maximum 10 points
Factor 6 -Adaptability Maximum 10 points
Total Maximum 100 points


  • Critical assessment areas relate to whether or not the applicants claimed educational credentials meet the definitional requirements of full time or full time equivalency.
  • In addition, certain categories and nature of degree and diploma certifications and institutions are not recognized to claim relevant points or the actual points that will be credited by the department may actually be different from what the applicant may assume he should be credited with.
  • In cases, where the qualifications have been earned through correspondence or distance education, the applicant should be able to prove how they meet the meet the definitional requirements of full time or full time equivalency as fixed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  • Finally the total numbers of years of education determine the actual points that the applicant can claim.

Ability in English and French

  • Critical assessment areas relate to Applicants ability to ability in listening, speaking, reading and writing English and French.
  • It is not compulsory that applicant must have any minimum knowledge and understanding of French language.
  • In most case, the applicant meets the requirements of minimum pass mark against the points that he can claim against his English language skills vis-à-vis listening, speaking, reading and writing English.
  • The applicant can prove his levels by undergoing an IELTS report and claim required points against the score that he gets under each of the identified skills.
  • The applicant may file for Stage 1 of the process without an IELTS report.
  • If approved for Stage 2, the applicant must file the application with an IELTS report. While the immigration regulations provides the applicant an option to claim the points against a write-up on claimed language proficiency, it is a highly subjective tool and leaves the decision discretion with the visa officer. It is author’s experience as an Immigration consultant that the decision given is mostly negative.
  • It is therefore in interest of the applicant that he provides IELTS report as that is the objective language assessment tool that is identified by Immigration regulations and accepted by the Visa officers.
  • Similar objective test procedures are available for those claiming the points for the French language proficiency as well.
  • Only the principal applicant is required to undergo the IELTS test. It is not required that the spouse and dependent children must also undergo the IELTS test.


  • The applicant should be able to prove that he has at least one year experience – during last ten years preceding filing of his application- in an occupation that forms part of the listed occupations.
  • The applicant should otherwise have enough number of years of experience to claim enough points that will take him to his overall objective of achieving the minimum pass mark.
  • The applicants should be able to prove his claimed duties and responsibilities are in line with the NOC definitional norms.


  • Age applicable on the date of lodgement of application will be applied for the purpose of computation of points.
  • Only children who have not crossed 22 years can be part of the application as dependent and those above 22 years can be part of the application only if they are full time students.
  • Date mentioned on Birth certificates, passport and educational certifications are referred documents as regards claimed age.

Arranged employment in Canada

The applicant can claim points under this heading if he has an offer of employment; such an offer is valid if the prospective Canadian employer

  • has made an offer to hire him on an indeterminate basis if he is accepted as a federal skilled worker, and
  • has obtained a positive Arranged Employment Opinion from HRSDC , which must be arranged by the employer
  • And the applicant meets all required Canadian licensing or regulatory standards associated with the job.


  • Spouse or common-law partner’s level of education
  • Previous study in Canada
  • Previous work in Canada
  • Arranged employment
  • Relatives in Canada

Important assessment issues – under the adaptability heading – that the author feels need careful consideration are followings:

  • Follow careful review of spousal qualification in line with the Canadian qualifications and claim points in line with definitions for qualifications prescribed by Immigration regulations
  • The applicant cannot claim points for first cousins and distant relations- uncle and aunt as blood relations
  • If applicable, duration of the study period and experience in Canada are important considerations. As regards studies the institution where the applicant has done his Canadian studies from is also important.


The point system – as prescribed by Citizenship and immigration Canada looks simple and easy to understand. The visa officer will however, assess the claimed credentials and points against procedures and guidelines prescribed in operational guidelines and as per the immigration and refugees protection laws and accompanying regulations. Immigration is a life changing decision and it is important to have a holding hand of an experienced consultant to guide the applicant through the process.


  • harinder singh

    Dear sir/ madam
    I have completed welder iti from Govt iti session July 2011.and have 4 year experience. In general ielts I have obtained 5.0 band like L=5.5 R=5.0 w=5.5 S=4.5 overall = 5.0 .can I apply case in manitoba. I have friend sponsor there. I hope that you will give full information about this case.

    • Immigration Experts

      Hello Harinder,
      Please note to qualify for Immigration you need minimum 6 in each component of IELTS.

  • gurpreet

    Hii , i m gurpreet, i have in airlines tourism n hospitality management. Have more than 3 yrs experience as a travel consultant. Got 6 bands each in ielts. Please let me know am i eligible for canada pr?

    • Immigration Experts

      Gurpreet,Thanks for your comment. You are eligible to apply for PR Gurpreet but need to know few more details of yours. So please send us updated resume of self and spouse(if married)at


    I am a diploma holder in chemical engineering with 9 + years of experience in the field of production & process engineering. Am I eligible for migrating to Canada.

  • Dalvir singh

    Hello sir…
    I have complete one year welder iti and 3 year experiance complete.
    Ielts band 5.5 done . Can i eligible for canada PR case for winipeg.
    I have spouncer from my friend

  • I have done my BA final in 2006 and one year accounts degree in 2007 and 2007 to march 2013 as a Account teacher in skyway institute and now I start own business may 2013 to continue. My Ielts institute in Jagraon Punjab
    So can I apply any type of PR in canada

  • Rachhpal Singh

    Hii sir i have done i.t.i. in i.t&e.s.m in 2011 i got 4.5 band in ielts how can i aply in this program.

  • arshpreet kaur

    Hlo sir i hv cmpltd my bsc nsg in 2013 and i hv 1 yr exprnce of ci. Hw cn i aply fr cnda on pr bsis. Plz rply me

  • jatinder singh sekhon

    I Hve done btch in it stream .i hve one year ecpernce . my realtive Live in canada . I got 5.5 band in genral . Can I apply for canda through point system?

  • harwinder

    i done iti of electrical in 2011 and i have 2 year experience in my field can i apply PR for canada

  • jagroop singh

    Dear sir,Madam
    I have done b.s.c of airline tourism hospitality management in 2013 after +2.l have two half years experience.l have 5.5 band in general I eligible for winnipeg.pls give me any suggestions.

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  • kamaldeep

    i had done 11th and after that i had done 3 years diploma in ECE, i am having a technical experience of 8 years ,currently i am working with a USA based company as a service engineer for technical equipments
    do i am eligible to apply Canadian pr,please revert me asap

  • jasveer singh

    Dear sir.
    I have 3year experience as government employees as a I eligible for Canada

  • amberdeep kaur

    i have done master in English and M.ED..I have one year experience of teaching . how can i apply for Canada pr ? plz reply as soon as possible….i shall be thankful to you..

  • sharandeep Singh

    dear sir
    I have 2 year diploma in computer hardware and networking engineering with 4 year experience ,5.5ilets band score
    can I eligible for pr case?

  • priyanka

    i have done pgdca and i have 2 years experience of teaching and now i m running my computer center from 2012 can i go to austrellia on pr

  • roop

    I have and I have 3 year experience of institute..overall 6 band….can I apply for Canada spouse qualification is in I.t…even my sister in law is in Canada..

  • parwinder singh

    I havw done m.a.m.ed and 8 years exp of can i apply fr canada p.r.

  • Sandeep Singh

    I am Sandeep , I got 5 band in ielts and iti in electronic , 3 years experience can I apply in Canada …

  • suman

    Hi I am suman.I completed 3 year mechanical diploma engineering and I have more than 7 years experience I have 5 point in ielts can I apply for PR canda

    • sanam

      Dear Suman,

      Please note to qualify for Immigration you need minimum 6 in each component of IELTS and we advise you to attend some training sessions before appearing for an IELTS exam.

  • rithika

    I completed bachelor in pharmacy and 2 years of experience as pharmacist. Whether I am eligible for immigration.
    Thanks in advance.

  • pani

    I have completed Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Information Technology from distance education and have around 8 years of IT experience in which 3+ years of experience in Africa. Could you please let me know whether I am eligible for express entry program. If I am eligible in education could you please let me know the IELTS score required.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Bhavin patel

    My qualification is ITI (chemical plant operator) I have 5 years experience . (D M Water Plant) can I go to Canada for PR? Pls reply me thanks

  • Ravi sharma

    Hello sir/madam I am done master degree in political science. …I have experience for 3 years. .can I apply for canada permanent resident. …

  • narindet

    I have it and 7 year computer lab instructor experience and I also get 4.5 band in ielts plz guide me for Winnipeg visa system

  • Pathana Masthana

    Dear Team,

    I am planing to apply for immigration to canada, and little confused about the Immigration eligibility criteria regarding my education (university level of graduation),

    can you please check once and revert back to me.

  • gurpreet singh gill

    i have done ballb before 3years.nd i have 3years experience in high court as a lawyer.5band in ielts nd my real uncle aur aunt lived in canda( calgiri) i am married.i have one dauther pls u guide me go for canda through pr case

  • Manjeet

    Dear sir
    i have done MBA in Finance ..And. I have 1 years experience in Automobile Industry as an accountant . I hv scored 6 band in ielts.please advise me for immigration to canada…plz reply me as soon as possible on my e-mail addrrss.

    • sanam

      Dear Manjeet,

      Please note to qualify for Immigration you need full 24 points in IELTS i.e. 7 for Reading, Writing and Speaking and for Listening 8.0
      We wish you best for your future endeavors..!!

  • Navi

    Hlo sir i hv completed graduation in ITI for skin and hair. How much bands foe ielts required to get canada PR visa. Pz guide me.

  • sukhvir singh brar

    hi. i have passed three yr diploma in electrical enggineering after matric class then 2yr work experience in electrical company . and ielts score 5 band each module …and i have blood relation in winnipeg ..plz tell me that cac i apply for winnipeg……thanks

  • mary

    if i have done my master degree from uk then is there still need of IELTS for FSW canada. While my first language is Urdu

  • Gurdeep singh Sidhu

    dear ,after 2 I did one year electrician diploma , and I have two year experience … I got 5.5 band also I have sponser ….what I eligbal for pr case , give me detail plzzzz…..

  • kamaljit kaur sanghera

    I have done gnm in2009 then 3yrs. Exp., i got 5 band in ielts . Which country i apply to go abrode?

  • kamaljit kaur sanghera

    Hlo sir my name is kamaljit kaur sanghera i have done gnm in 2009 than after i got 3 year exerience in private hospital than i got 5 band in ielts (in general) . Plz guide me can i apply for canada or england.

  • Ankit bhatt

    Sir , my name is ankit bhatt I done iti in 2002 I have a 11years experience now I m work in zambia-Africa As A Operations manager for engineering company. How can I apply PR for a Canada plz give me farther details and how can I finesh IELTS in much band necessary?

  • Kulwinder

    Dear Sir,
    I completed PGDCA (Post Graduate Diploma of Computer Application). I have one year work experience. I have got 5 band in ielts. I have sponsor in winnipeg. Please advise me for immigration to canada.
    I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

  • Wariam singh

    Sir I have done I.t.i in with electrician trade after +2 . Now I have a one year experience and six bands of ilets . Also I have a sponsorship from Winnipeg .am I eligible for Canada. Please give the right way. Thanks

  • jagdeep

    Hlo sir
    m just complete my ITI. and want to aplly for winnipeg for PR case…can you please tell the dead line of file submiting …means is their any deadline to submit my file in ambainsy….like some of my friend told me that 2015 is the last year for applying for winnipeg for ITI base

  • Parkash Kumar

    Dear Sir/madam my qualifications is +2(non -medical) complete in 2010 and after my study iti plumber with two years experience and my ilets band 5 can I go to Canada work with suponsership please Help me.
    Sir send email and give me instructions
    I wait for your answer send mail
    THank you

  • harvinder singh

    Dear sir
    i have done BCA. ..And. I have 3 years experience. I hv scored 6 band in ielts.please advise me for immigration to canada…plz….reply me as soon as possible on my e-mail addrrss.

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