Canada Immigration Eligibility Assessment
Canada is known for its fairly transparent and liberal
immigration policy which focuses on fuelling its economy and finding people who have skills to fulfill its economic requirements. This is the reason that since 2008; Canada has been giving thrust on getting
skilled immigrants who can fill both long term and short term gaps in its
labor requirements. Each year Canada accepts about 3, 00,000
PR visa in all categories.
In an effort to make such a structure fair, the Canadian government has devised a very robust point system which is used for selecting
skilled workers as permanent residents of Canada. According to
CIC, Skilled workers are people who are selected as
permanent residents based on their ability to become economically established in Canada. The point system allows people with certain work andeducationbackgrounds get integrated into the Canadian society, irrespective of the job positions present at that time.
Once an applicant meets the basic minimum requirements, his/her application is then processed as per the six selection points system. The applicants are required to obtain at least
67 points out of 100 possible point categories on the selection grid to qualify for immigration to Canada as a
skilled worker. If the score is lower than the minimum criteria; the applicant is no longer allowed to participate in the
The six point selection criteria and the maximum number of points available for each are given below:
It has maximum 25 points and minimum 5. A person with a
master s degree or a Ph.D. or at least 17 years of full-time study can earn maximum points. A high school pass out can earn 5 points from the system.
It has maximum limit of 24 points, which can be awarded to an applicant with high proficiency in English
(I.E.L.T.S) and French
(T.E.F). All the applicants are tested through written and oral test for high, moderate and basic proficiency in both these languages for
A maximum of 21 points are awarded in this category. 4 years or more in an approved occupation raises the chance of getting more points. A deduction of 2 points is done for each year less than 4, though an applicant can still earn a minimum number of
15 points with at least one year of experience.
A maximum of 10 points are awarded to persons between
21 and 49 years of age. A deduction of 2 points is done for persons outside this range for each year.
A person can score 10 points straight away if they have a
permanent job offer, confirmed by the Canadian Skills Development and Human Resource Department.
A person can be awarded 10 additional points for
of spouse, previous work experience or
family in Canada.