Express Entry – Federal Skilled Workers Class
Six selection factors
If you score 67 points or higher (out of 100), you may qualify to immigrate to Canada as a federal skilled worker.
Point grids for each factor:
1. English and/or French skills: Maximum 28 points
|First Official Language||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||Points|
|At least CLB5 in all of the four abilities||4|
|CLB 4 or less in any of the four abilities||0|
2. Education: Maximum 25 points
To get points, you must:
- prove that you earned a Canadian diploma or certificate, OR
- have your foreign education assessed by an agency approved by CIC to show it is valid and equal to a completed Canadian credential.
|University degree at the Doctoral (PhD) level or equal||25|
|University degree at the Master’s level or equal OR University level entry-to-practice professional degree (or equal). Occupation related to the degree must be:
✓ NOC 2011 Skill Level A, and
✓ licensed by a provincial regulatory body.
|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|
|Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a program of three years or longer, or equal||21|
|Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a two-year program, or equal||19|
|Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma for a one-year program, or equal||15|
|Canadian high school diploma, or equal||5|
3. Experience: Maximum 15 points
Full-time paid work (at least 30 hours per week, or an equal amount of part-time)
|Experience||Maximum 15 points|
|6 or more years||15|
4. Age: Maximum 12 points
|47 and older||0|
5. Arranged employment in Canada: Maximum 10 points
Permanent, full-time job offer from a Canadian employer
A valid job offer has to be:
- for full-time, permanent and not seasonal work, and
- in an occupation listed as Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
|You currently work in Canada on a temporary work permit.||Your work permit is valid both when you apply and when the visa is issued (or you are authorized to work in Canada without a work permit when your visa is issued).
CIC issued your work permit based on a positive LabourMarket Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Your employer would have applied for the LMIA, which you then had to attach to your application to CIC.
You are working for an employer named on your work permit who has made a permanent job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.
|You currently work in Canada in a job that is exempt from the LMIA requirement under:
✓ an international agreement (such as, the North America Free Trade Agreement) or
✓ a federal-provincial agreement.
|Your work permit is valid both when you apply and when the visa is issued (or you are authorized to work in Canada without a permit when your visa is issued).
Your current employer has made a permanent job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.
|You currently do not:
✓ have a work permit, or
✓ plan to work in Canada before you get a permanent resident visa.
You are currently working in Canada and a different employer has offered to give you a permanent full-time job.
You are currently working in Canada in a job that is exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment, but not under an international or federal-provincial agreement.
|An employer has made you a permanent job offer based on you being accepted as a skilled worker.
The employer has a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment from ESDC.
6. Adaptability: Maximum 10 points
|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).
|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 (as set out by the school) during that time.
|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.
|Your past work in Canada
You did at least ONE year of full-time work in Canada:
✓ in an occupation listed in Skill Type O or Skill Levels A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC), and
✓ with a valid work permit or while authorized to work in Canada.
|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.
|Arranged Employment in Canada
You earned points under Factor 5: Arranged Employment.
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.
Information on programs under Express Entry
Details on what you will need to fill out your profile
Express Entry criteria and the Comprehensive Ranking System
Find your NOC
Language Requirement – Skilled Immigrant (Express Entry)
Language Testing – Skilled Immigrant (Express Entry)
Have your education assessed – Skilled Immigrant (Express Entry)
Educational Credential Assessment – How to read your report
Proof of funds – Skilled Immigrant (Express Entry)
Find out more about offers of arranged employment
Determine your eligibility – Provincial Nominees
Immigrate as a skilled worker through Express Entry
How Express Entry works
Frequently Asked about Express Entry
Express Entry rounds of invitations