A detailed look at the 6 selection factors and the points grid.
|Education||Maximum 25 points|
|Proficiency in English and/or French||Maximum 24 points|
|Experience||Maximum 21 points|
|Age||Maximum 10 points|
|Arranged employment in Canada||Maximum 10 points|
|Adaptability||Maximum 10 points|
|Total||Maximum 100 points|
|Pass mark||Minimum 67 points|
Points for Education:
Points for Proficiency in English and/or French:
You must provide proof of language proficiency by taking a language test from an agency designated by CIC. With your test results, you will be able to see exactly how many points you will receive for the language selection factor.
Designated language tests:
You can arrange to take a language test from any of the following designated agencies.
Note: IELTS has two options for the reading and writing tests: “General Training” and “Academic.” You must take the “General Training” option.
Note: CELPIP has two tests: CELPIP-General (CELPIP-G) and CELPIP-Academic (CELPIP-A). You must take the CELPIP-G test.
Note: You must submit results from the following TEF tests as proof of your French language proficiency:
- compréhension écrite
- compréhension orale
- expression écrite
- expression orale
How do i calculate my points?
IELTS Score Equivalency chart:
CELPIP Score Equivalency chart:
TEF Score Equivalency chart:
Points for Work Experience:
You will earn points for the number of years you have spent in full-time (37.5 hours per week, or the equivalent in part-time), paid work, provided the work experience satisfies the following;
- have occurred during the 10 years immediately preceding the date of application;
- be in occupations listed in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) under Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A and B;
- Not be in an occupation that has been designated by the Minister as a restricted occupation. At the time of printing, there were no occupations designated as restricted. However, for the most up-to-date listing, officers should refer to the Department‘s website at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/index.asp;
|Number of Years of Experience||Points|
|4 years and more||21|
Points for Age:
You will be awarded selection points based on your age at the time when the visa office receives your application.
|Less than 17 or greater than 53 years of age||0|
|17 or 53 years of age||2|
|18 or 52 years of age||4|
|19 or 51 years of age||6|
|20 or 50 years of age||8|
|21 to 49 years of age||10|
Points for Arranged Employment:
Arranged employment points are only awarded for occupations listed in Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the NOC. If employment is arranged and the required documentation submitted between application and assessment, officers will award the points for arranged employment.
Points for Adaptability:
A total of 10 points can be claimed under this factor and supporting documents are mandatory to claim points under adaptability. You can only count points from each category once. You can claim points from a category either for you, or for your spouse or common-law partner, but not for both.
Points under adaptability can be claimed only for an accompanying spouse/common-law partner.
Proof of settlement funds:
The applicant must clearly demonstrate that they have sufficient and available funds to meet the requirements or that they have arranged employment as defined in R82.
The funds must be:
- available and transferable;
- Unencumbered by debts or other obligations.
The amount required varies on the family size and the latest are as below;
|Number of Family Members||Funds Required (in Canadian dollars)|
|7 or more||$29,414|
In terms of funds required, the number of the applicant‘s family members includes both accompanying and non-accompanying dependants.
You need not have to show that you have these funds if you have arranged employment in Canada.
Please use this link to obtain the latest POF amounts. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/funds.asp
As a general rule, you will have to meet the pass mark to apply under the FSW. But there is an option to apply if you are a few points short and you believe other factors would show that you are able to establish yourself in Canada and support your dependants. In that case you will have to send a detailed letter with your application explaining why you think you are able to become economically established in Canada and include any documents that support your claim.