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Profile Assessment for Canadian Immigration

K Nagaraju

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Nagaraj is a veteran in processing Canada visas. He proves as the best professional to handle all PR visa process.

If you’ve been meaning to apply for a Canadian Permanent Residence Visa, you might want to give this blog post a read.

Perhaps the smartest thing you can do right now is hire a professional immigration consultant who can thoroughly guide you through the process and assess your profile.

Effectively, a good immigration consultant will be able to highlight the strengths that you can capitalize on and the weaknesses that you can overcome within your profile.

Ultimately, your profile is what will make or break the deal. Competing with thousands of others in the Express Entry applicant pool, your profile is what represents you and is your sole fighting chance.

It is prudent that your profile is flawless so that your chances of getting picked in the Express Entry draw are high.

However, how ‘perfect’ your profile looks depends on a couple of factors; the first being what kind of immigration are you aiming for.

The criteria and selection benchmark differ for different immigration programs.

Types of Immigration

You can immigrate to Canada in a number of ways. There are a bunch of programs under the Express Entry system itself that allows for people with a varied set of skills and motives to apply through.

You have to choose a program that best suits your needs, and maximizes your chances of selection. Perhaps this is why the Canadian immigration system is somewhat more confusing to grab; it has so many options for everybody!

There are 6 main categories of Canadian Immigration, namely Federal Skilled Worker, Family Sponsorship, Business Immigrant, Provincial Nominee Program, Quebec Skilled Worker, and Canadian Experience Class.

Canada PR Categories for Skilled Immigrants

Two of the most common reasons for applicants’ immigration to Canada, or to any country, in fact, are:

  • Seeking employment in a foreign country
  • Looking to join family who is living there

All of these categories of people have absolutely different grounds for immigration. How can they be judged on the same criteria then? All will thus immigrate to Canada under different programs.

For this blog post, we will be focusing on the categories of Federal Skilled Worker and Family Sponsorships.

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Skilled Worker

Canada prizes skilled workers. Due to its own labor market gap, it encourages immigrants to settle and work in Canada.

So much so, that Canada introduced the Express Entry system, which is basically just a fast-track immigration program to facilitate skilled workers to come into Canada without too much hassle, and wastage of time.

Even within the Express Entry system, Canada has special streams for certain professions that are specifically needed. They also have streams for provinces where people aren’t settling, which inevitably results in the low supply of skilled workers there.

Under the Express Entry System, the most common stream that is being utilized for immigration is the FSWP.

The Federal Skilled Workers Program is designed for skilled people who want to come to Canada and put their skills to professional use in the country.

The government has even drawn up a list of professions that are eligible and encouraged to apply for immigration under the FSWP. You can view the list here.

Family Sponsorship

If you or a family member lives in Canada, they can sponsor relatives to come live in Canada too. A person can only sponsor a relative if they meet certain conditions, though. The person sponsoring should be:

  • 18 years of age
  • A Canadian citizen or a Canadian Permanent Citizen
  • An Indian registered under the Indian act

Who a person can sponsor has even more conditions. We will look into that later.

Do You Qualify to Immigrate to Canada?

So, who is eligible to apply for Canadian immigration? Well, it depends on why you’re applying and what program you’re applying through.

Federal Skilled Worker Program

If you are a skilled worker, your eligibility is ascertained through your profession. There is a list of eligible occupations that the Canadian government has drawn up that states almost 350 occupations.

If you fall under any of these occupational categories, you are eligible to apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program(FSW) under the Express Entry system.

Besides that, you will also have to meet the minimum requirements of 67 points on your profile, without which you cannot move forward with your application.

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The 67-Points Structure

The 67-points structure is simply the minimum points required to get you into the Express Entry pool. The points are calculated based on your profile, and anything short of 67 is not permitted to be a part of the Express Entry pool.

Here is a breakdown of the 100 points, out of which, 67 points are needed to guarantee your admission into the applicant pool.

Factor Maximum points
Age 12
Language 28
Education 25
Work Experience (full-time work) 15
Adaptability 10
Arranged Employment 10

The table below throws lights on the requirements that will help you score the required number of points out of 100.

Eligibility Criteria Federal Skilled Worker Program
Language Skills
  • English or French language skills
  • CLB 7
Type/Level of Work Experience Canadian or foreign experience in 1 of these NOCs:
  • 0
  • A
  • B
Amount of Work Experience One year continuous within the last 10 years
Job Offer Not required
Education Secondary education required

Arranged employment carries 10 points if you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer. If you don’t, you are still eligible to apply. As the table above states, a job offer is not required, but it serves you well if you do.

Adaptability refers to if you have relatives or siblings living in Canada. The same rule that governs a job offer applies to adaptability, too.

If you do have a sibling residing in Canada, you get a certain advantage over people who don’t, but your lack of one does not mean you are ineligible to apply.

If you manage to score a minimum of 67 points, you qualify to apply as an immigrant to Canada under the FSWP category!

How Are Points Assigned to Age in the Canadian Immigration Process?

Since the table doesn’t address the criteria of age, we thought to discuss it in more detail. The age bracket that earns you the most points is from 20-35. As your age increases, the points associated with it decreases.

Each subsequent year results in the deduction of 1 point, up to the age of 47, after which you score a 0 in the age category. To put it in a table:

Age Points
20-35 12
36 11
37 10
38 9
40 7
41 6
42 5
43 4
44 3
45 2
46 1
47+ 0

How Many Points Do You Need to Immigrate to Canada?

Let us clarify: scoring 67 points does not guarantee your Permanent Residence Visa. It simply ensures that you are qualified to enter the Express Entry pool of applicants. From there, your profile is what will decide your fate.

Once you’re in the Express Entry pool, your profile will compete against other profiles. There is an Express Entry draw that occurs every few months, and a cut off is decided based on the profiles submitted.

Everybody who lies above the cut off is extended an ITA (Invitation to Apply), after which, their visa is confirmed or rejected.

So, to answer the question, there is no specified number of points that can guarantee you an ITA; only the highest-scoring ones are picked up.

Family Sponsorship

To see if you’re qualified to immigrate to Canada as a sponsee, Canada has set very straight-forward requirements. For you to become a sponsee, you must be:

  • A direct relative (brother, sister, nephew, niece or grandchild) of the sponsor
  • Orphaned by both parents
  • Under 18 years of age
  • Single

If you’re a distant relative of the sponsor, you can still become a sponsee, granted that the sponsor does not have any direct, living relatives to sponsor.

How Do You Get Your Credentials Assessed?

It is a good move to get your profile assessed by a professional before submitting it to the pool. Applications take time and money, so why not get it right the first time?

You need a learned and experienced person, well-versed in the nitty-gritty of the immigration process of Canada, to evaluate your profile, point out areas of improvement and advise you on how to make the best of what you’ve got.

Among the various immigration consultants in India, Kansas Overseas Careers ranks as one of the best.

Certified by the RCIC, and voted as the ‘most trusted consultant’ by Silicon India, Kansas Overseas Careers has managed to build a reputation for itself with its uncompromising work ethic and an excellent team of consultants who have consistently delivered on their promise, as is evident by the list of successful candidates on the consultancy’s website.

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