The Express Entry has specific eligibility requirements for each of its three programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. The 67 points calculator is an eligibility tool exclusively for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). The Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) are major contributors to the Canadian economy. The FSWP program facilitates the skilled workers with a foreign work experience in Canada immigration.
67 points calculator: Points distribution.
The six selection factors on which the applicants are given points are:
- Age- 12 points
- Education- 25 points
- Language Proficiency- 28 points
- Work Experience- 15 points
- Pre-arranged Canadian job offer- 10 points
- Adaptibility- 10 points.
Age: 12 points
The 67 points calculator reserves 12 points for the age of a skilled worker. Canada aims to fortify and add to its constantly inadequate work force, young and skilled immigrants who can benefcially impact their economy. A large part of their population is nearing the age of retirement. This makes them prefer younger skilled workers. The 67 points calculator awards the maximum 12 points to the age group of 18to 30 years skilled immigrants. The points begin to decrease with every passing year and reach to a 0 at 47 years and above. The points awarded at every age are graphically represented and tabulated below.
|Age of the Federal Skilled Worker (in years)||67 points calculator score|
The points for age are more effectively represented through a graph.
Education: 25 points
Highly educated skilled workers are naturally preferred by the Canadian government. Needless to say, the higher your education, the more substantial your contribution to the Canadian economy and society. Thus, the 67 points calculator awards as much as 25 points for immigrants with a Ph.D. If you have a foreign education, you must have an Education Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an institute acceptable in Canada. Institutes authorized for ECA are:
- WES or World Education Services
- ICAS or International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
- CES or Comparative Education Service
- IQAS or International Qualifications Assessment Service
- ICES or International Credential Evaluation Service.
- MCC or Medical Council of Canada for medical professionals, and
- PEBC or Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada for Pharmacists.
The points distribution for Education is tabulated below.
|Academic level or degrees||Points awarded.|
|High school, or a high-school diploma including vocational training||05|
|One-year or a 12-month certification or diploma course from a college, technical institute or a university.||15|
|A two-year degree, diploma course or certification course||19|
|A three-year academic course or a Bachelor’s degree||21|
|A double certificate or a diploma (e.g. a 3-year course with a 2-year diploma)||22|
|A Master’s degree or professional degrees such as veterinarian, pharmacist, dentist, etc.||23|
Language Proficiency: 24+04=28 points.
Effective communication is key to economic productivity. A skilled worker without any proficiency in French or English is unlikely to be a beneficial employer. Thus substantial weightage is given to the workers who are fluent in either of the official Canadian languages. Skilled workers who are proficient in both the languages are awarded up to 28 points. To get points in the 67 points calculator, the skilled immigrant must take the accepted language proficiency test. The Language tests accepted in Canada are CELPIP-G (Canadian English Language Testing System) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for the English language and TCF and TEF for the French language. The language points scored in your test are then converted into the Canadian Language Benchmark or (CLB) in case of English Language. For French the test score is converted in to NCLC or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens. Points for each CLB score are given below:
|CLB score||Points out of 24|
If the skilled workers score at least CLB or NCLC 5 in their second language, they get additional 4 points.
Work Experience: 15 points
The skilled immigrant gets scored for his/her work experience in the 67 points calculator if:
- The work experience was in NOC skill O, A or B
- It was paid
- It was for at least 1560 hours or 30 hours/week.
- It must be gained in the last 10 years
- It must be for at least 1 year.
The points you can score for your work experience are tabulated below.
|Work Experience in years||Points|
Job Offer or an Arranged Employment in Canada: 10 points
An arranged job offer in Canada implies that the Skilled Worker is already required in the Canadian labour market. The 67 points calculator awards you up to 10 points if you have a pre-arranged employment offer. The job offer must meet at least one of the following criteria.
- If you are currently working in Canada on a work permit, the work permit must be valid both at the time of your visa application as well as at the time of issuing of the PR visa. You are exempted from having a work permit only if you are authorized to work without one.
- You are employed under a job that is exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). You can only be exempted from an LMIA report if there is a federal government agreement, or you are significantly beneficial to Canada, or there is an international agreement.
- You have a valid work permit or are authorized to work without one. Your current employer must be included in your work permit and you must have been employed under him for at least 1 year. This employment must be full-time, continuous and paid.
- In case you decide to work in Canada only after getting a PR visa, your employer must have a positive LMIA. The employer must have also offered you employment based on the LMIA report and your skills and eligibility as a Foreign Skilled Worker.
Adaptability: 10 points
The Adaptability factors are the ones that facilitate the skilled immigrant to be well adjusted and comfortable in Canada. A well acclimatized skilled worker is undoubtedly more productive and is more likely to stay in Canada in the longer run. The 67 points calculator awards a maximum of 10 points for the adaptability quotient of the immigrant. The points allocated for different factors are enumerated below.
Points for the spouse or legal partner.
- Language (05 points): If your partner has at least a CLB 4 or above in all the fields of speaking, writing, listening and reading, you can gain an additional 5 points.
- Canadian Education (05 points): If your spouse has a Canadian education in a full-time (15 hours/week) course of at least 2 years, you can claim 5 points.
- Canadian work experience (05 points): These 5 points can be gained if your spouse or legal partner has had a work experience of at least 1 year. The work experience gained must be under a valid employer and must be gained under a valid work permit.
Points for the primary applicant.
- Canadian Work Experience (10 points): You will be given these points if you have a 1-year, full-time work experience in the NOC skill level O, A or B, under a valid work permit.
- Canadian Education (05 points): If you had enrolled in at least a 2-year, full-time academic course (15 hours/week) in a Canadian secondary or post-secondary institution, you qualify for these points.
- Arranged employment (05 points): If you have a valid job offer in the NOC skill level O, A or B, you will get 5 points in the 67 points calculator.
- A legal or blood relative in Canada (05 points): If any of your or your spouse’s relatives are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, you get an extra 5 points. Having a family member in Canada might help the skilled immigrant to settle better in Canada and settle in the country permanently.
67 Points Calculator: The process.
To be eligible to apply to the Express Entry program as a Federal Skilled Worker, the immigrant must be able to score 67 points out of 100. It is interesting to note that this eligibility score is not calculated in a stand alone system, neither is the eligibility score visible to the applicant. While creating your Express Entry profile, you will required to provide information like your
- Language proficiency score
- LMIA report
- ECA report
- Job offer
- Name and address of the Company, if you are currently employed.
- NOC code
- Job designation
- Provincial Nomination
- Details of your spouse (if applicable)
Once you fill all the required fields in the Express Entry Profile, your Express Entry status gets updated and you receive an email regarding your eligibility. If the information that you provided earns you 67 points out of the total 100, and you qualify all the other FSWP eligibility, you will be assigned the Federal Skilled Worker Program stream of the Express Entry program. You must know that you cannot select from three Express Entry programs, your program will be assigned to you as per the information you provide while creating your Express Entry profile. Your CRS score too is calculated as per the information in your Express Entry profile and is updated as and when you change any information in your profile.