The 67-Point Immigration to Canada Criteria - DECODED

Are you looking to apply for a Permanent Residency in Canada? If that is the case, you need to know about the 67 points of Canada Immigration of moving to Canada. Today, the country is a major hub for immigrants seeking employment, education, and better quality of life. Read along to know everything about it.

Minimum Points Required for Express Entry

To be eligible to apply for a Canada PR under the Express Entry system, you will need a minimum score of 67 points out of 100. These points are calculated on various factors which include your age, work experience, education, language skills, adaptability, etc. 

The maximum points you can obtain for these factors are as follows:

Age

Maximum 12 points

Education

Maximum 25 points

Language Proficiency

Maximum 24 points (English and/or French)

Work Experience

Work Experience

Adaptability

Maximum of 10 points

Arranged employment

Additional 10 points (not mandatory).

Scoring 67 points does not grant you the PR visa, but makes you eligible to apply to the Canada PR through the Express Entry system.

You are then required to choose the right immigration program for yourself based on your profile traits. Immigration programs under the Express Entry system are:

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Federal Skilled Workers Program
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Provincial Nominee Program

If you are accepted into the Express Entry pool, you are not guaranteed to receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence. For an invitation, you need to have a high CRS Score.

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What is the 67 point system for immigration to Canada 2020?

The IRCC launched the 67 point system immigration in Canada in 2015 to evaluate the Express Entry Applicants who want to get a Permanent Residency. It is a point-based system in which you would need to score at least 67 points to be eligible to apply for a Permanent Residence in Canada.

  • The program allows you to make an online profile and fill in the details about your capability. Then it evaluates you on the same. The maximum points one can attain in this system are 100. 
  • Candidates who earn less than 67 points will be straightaway rejected for the Permanent Resident status.
  • The 100 point system allows the IRCC to filter the best capable candidates with this system.

How to calculate your points for the Federal Skilled Worker program?

The Comprehensive Ranking System or CRS score defines your rank in the express entry pool. It is calculated on a variety of factors, including the level of education, language proficiency, work experience, and more.

To meet the minimum 67 point criteria, you need to understand how the CRS score is calculated. 

Here, we discuss how these points are calculated so that you can work in Canada on the factors to improve your score:

On what factors are the 67 points requirements calculated?

The Federal Skilled Workers Program works on a 6-factor selection to calculate the points and check your eligibility criteria to be a Permanent Resident. Here are the factors:

Age

While it's necessary to be at least 18 years, people between the ages group of 18 and 35 will get a total of 12 points. Age can be quite a defining factor when applying for a Permanent Residency in another country as countries typically don't want to invite older people whose health can be a hindrance.

Factors

Points per factor - With a spouse or common-law partner

Points per factor - Without a spouse or common-law partner

Age 

100

110

Level of education 

140

150

Official languages proficiency 

150

160

Canadian work experience 

70

80

Language Ability (28 Points)

The 2 official languages of Canada are English and French language. You should at least be a master of 1 of the 2 languages to score higher in the language ability test. Certified tests like IELTS are used to test your proficiency. 

The proficiency in the first official language will get you a maximum of 24 points, while your skills in the second official language will earn you a maximum of 4 points.

First Official Language:

CLB Level

Speaking

Listening

Reading

Writing

Scores given per ability

7

6

6

6

6

4

8

6.5

7.5

6.5

6.5

5

9

7

8

7

7

6

Second Official Language:

CLB Level

Speaking

Listening

Reading

Writing

Points

4

4

4.5

3.5

4

5

Here the CLB level or the Canadian Language Benchmark is a 12 band scale that assesses the proficiency in the English Language of people for whom English is their second language. 

Education Qualification (Maximum 25 points)

Every degree and certification counts, especially when you're applying to Canada. You need to meet the minimum Express Entry mark, though. You must complete an Education Credential Assessment for your undergraduate or any other degree in Canada.

Education Level

Points

Doctoral level

25

Professional Degree or Master's degree

23

2 or more Postgraduate credentials or certificate courses. 

22

3 years or longer post-secondary educational credential assessment

21

2-year post-secondary qualifications or courses

19

1 year post-secondary program qualifications or credentials

15

Secondary School Education

5

Work Experience (Maximum 15 points)

If you are a Federal Skilled Worker who has done a diploma, your work experience will go a long in determining your worth for the destination country. It's alright if you haven't yet worked in Canada. IRCC considers your work experience in Canada as well as other countries.

Work in Canada Experience

Maximum points

1 year

9 Points

2-3 years

11 Points

4-5 years

13 Points

Above 6 years

15 Points

Adaptability – Maximum 10 points

Your partner that might be your spouse or your joint law partner also plays a role in your CRS score. They can get you a maximum of 10 points. If your partner has a better score in language proficiency, you'll earn another valuable 5 points.

Adaptability Factors

Maximum Points 

Previous work experience in a skilled occupation in Canada for at least one year

10 Points

Any kind of arranged employment in Canada

5 Points

Having any relatives in Canada

5 Points

Having done any previous research or study in Canada

5 Points

If your partner or spouse has previous work experience in Canada

5 Points

If your partner or spouse has done any post-secondary course or has studied in Canada

5 Points

If your partner or spouse's CLB Level is four or higher

5 Points

Arranged Employment: Maximum 10 points

The process of getting a Permanent Residence in Canada gets much easier if you have a job offer from a Canadian employer. The job offer letter alone would get you 10 points from the 67 total required. 

This one is like a bonus score because you can straightaway get 10 valuable points if you meet even one the following conditions:

  • If you currently work in Canada territory under a work permit or on an LMIA-exempt work issued under a territorial or a provincial agreement 
  • If you are currently working on a permit based on the Labour Market Impact Assessment in any type of skilled trades worker profession recognized by IRCC.
  • If you are authorized to work in Canada through an open work permit or a permit of such kind.

Now that you know how your CRS score is calculated, you must understand how to improve the score. To do that, you'd need to understand the factors that define your score and how to improve upon them.

Other FAQS:

How many points do you need to immigrate to Canada?

Candidates must attain 67 points to be eligible to apply for the Express Entry Program.

Express Entry program is the most popular method to immigrate to Canada.

What is the Cost for Permanent Residency in Canada?

PR Visa for Canada costs upto $ 1325. After filling out the complete form and uploading documents regarding the application of Permanent Residency in Canada, you would need to pay a fee for the following:

  • Fee for biometrics: $ 85
  • Processing fee for your partner/family members and yourself: $ 75

You would have to pay your fees online through your debit or credit card. 

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Other FAQs:

What is the highest CRS score in Canada?

Candidates can score a maximum of 600 CRS points. The Express Entry program aims at providing residency to federal skilled workers through their economic migration programs listed below:

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program,
  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program,
  • The Canadian Experience Class, and
  • A portion of Provincial Nominee Programs

The processing times for the entries which fulfill the minimum score and get an invitation is as low as six months.The minimum eligibility criteria in 2019 were 471 points while it ranges around that every year.

The 67 point system is different from the CRS score since the 67 point system is only for the eligibility for the Federal Skilled Workers program. 

What is the CRS score required for Canada immigration?

  • The threshold CRS score for 2020 was 475 points on August 17, 2020.
  • The highest number of ITAs were filed in a single draw after the pandemic of Coronavirus hit the world. The program has ensured that draws would need to be alternating draws, which are specific apart from all program draws.
  • Federal skills workers are prioritized for right now since the businesses are mostly down. But the Canadian government has announced the extension of travel restrictions, so the skilled federal workers are best equipped to get a job right now.

How are CRS points calculated?

CRS is a point-based system used by the Canadian government to assess your profile and filter from the Express Entry applicants pool. The CRS score is calculated based on four factors that would determine the chances of you getting a Permanent Residency in Canada. 

Here we discuss the CRS point system and how is your score calculated:

A. Core/Human Capital Factors


Factors

Points per factor for those with a spouse or a common-law partner

Points per factor for those without a partner

Age

100

110

Education Level

140

150

Proficiency in Official Languages

150

160

Work Ex in Canada

70

80

B. Common-Law or Spouse Partner Factor


Factors

Points for each factor up to 40

Education

10

Proficiency in Official Language

20

Work Ex Canada

10

 

C. Skill Transferability Factor


Education

Points 

Having a post-secondary degree along with strong proficiency in the official language

50

Foreign work ex with CLB level above 7 

50

People in trade occupations should have strong proficiency in the English language along with a certificate of qualification

50

D. Additional Points


Factors

Maximum Points

Siblings who are a citizen or Permanent Resident 

15

Skills of French Language

30

Arranged Employment

200

Nomination of PN

600

Post Secondary education in Canada

30

What are the minimum points required for Canada express entry 2020?

The minimum points to be eligible to apply for Canada Express Entry is 67 points. Once eligible for application, you will need a minimum score of 471 to be eligible for Canada Immigration. 

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