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.


  • Joginder Singh

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    Hello sir,
    I have completed 12th in commerce and i had got 72% marks. I have completed my with 53.88% in April 2014 as correspondence, and i am working since last 5 years in Ludhiana as accountant, can i eliglible for canada PR/ Work permit.

  • Gurjeevan singh sidhu

    Hlo sir
    Gurjeevan singh sidhu i have done iti wailder and all so have 4 yr experince
    How i can apply for canada

  • Amit Arora

    i have done iti (welder).and i have completed graduation in correspondance,and i have also two years experience in welder.will i eligibil for canada PR.

  • LoniKSpilski

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  • Gurpal Singh

    Sir I have done I.T.I (welder) after 10+2( 2014 ) and march 2017 am done apprentice can i eligible for federal skilled work visa for canada

  • Varinder Singh

    I am from punjab Sir i complete iti in welder trade but +2 in part time with iti i have two year experience in welding What i apply PR for canada skilled worker program

  • Libin

    I’m from India
    I have done 2 years Computer Engineering diploma
    having 4 year experience in Web & Graphic Designer
    Age 25
    doing ielts
    Tell me Eligibility for Canada PR

  • Beniel Raj

    Sir, i hav done my diploma in mechanical and have 3 years experience in on companies. Am i eligible to apply for a job in canada.

    • harpreet singh

      Sir after welder iti what i do for canada winnipeg i have sponser

      And how many bands i have cary

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        please send your updated CV for review and assessment by our team of immigration experts at, one they will have gone through your CV they will get in touch with you to discuss your possibilities of immigration.

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  • sir i am refused from australia due to course selection ,can u tell me that now can i apply to australia or not

  • Kamaljeet kaur

    Hello sir, my name is Kamaljeet kaur. I recently done my MCA(result awaited of sixth sem) from LPU Distance Education. After 12th my whole qualification is through distance education but a three year diploma of software engineerin from NIIT did regular in session 2009 take admission and completed in 2012. Along with that i have done B.A. After 12th 1 year gap in B.A. and in between graduation after 2nd year of B.A. again 1 year gap after completed B.A. again 1 year gap to continue study of MSc-(IT), after that i recently gave exams of MCA and now i am persuing IELTS. After completion my diploma of software engineering i joined the job at same centre of NIIT as computer teacher. I did job their from May 2012 to Sep 2014. I am 27 years old and married also. I want to apply for Canadian PR. Please tell me I am eligible or not and how many bands i requird to get pr of Canada.
    Sir please also tell me that according to my qualification and to get Canadian PR which type of ielts is required either Academic or Gernal knowledge (GT).
    Sir please tell me the right information as soon as possible.

    • Immigration Experts

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  • Guratar Singh

    Sir my name is Guratar Singh I am Indian I am working in Singapore 9 year exprience lifting supervisor . I want apply for Winnipeg work permit . I have 5 band in ielts . Pls tell me know do I can apply?

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  • harpreet kaur

    I have done M.Sc.IT but my bachlor degree in arts not in IT. Plz let me knw that is it any problem if i did it aftr simple bachlor . Because i would lyk to apply fr Quebec PR. Hope for the favourable response

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  • i have completed ITI in deisal mechanical and i have experience of 1 year from mahindra motors agency ..i want to know that i am eligible to study or work in canada..and tell me howmany bands in ielts are sufficient to pursuse further study or work in canada..please reply me as soon as posible

    • Immigration Experts

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  • Satpal singh

    I have done 3 years mechanical diploma
    Job more than 2 years in same stream
    Band 6
    Age 25
    Tell me Eligibility for Canada PR

    • Immigration Experts

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    Dear Sir/Madam
    I have Done my MBA (HR) from Sikkim Manipal University. having 9 year experience in Administration . I am 29 years old. pursuing French level A2. I wana apply for quebec . My sister got PR from Quebec. I want to know Distance education is valid for Quebec ?

    • Immigration Experts

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  • virender singh

    I’m from India
    I’m graduate B.A,ITI WELDER with three year experience but no salary account ielts general 5 band age 27
    My wife persuing MBA in Australia
    May i eligible for canada
    I’ll appreciate for ur reply soon

  • Navjot Singh

    Hi Sir,

    I have done my B.Sc (IT) from PTU Distance Education, having 4 year experience as Graphic Designer. I am unmarried & my IELTS Score 6.5, I would like to apply for Canadian Immigration. Can I Eligible for the same.

    • Immigration Experts

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