Canada Immigration Points System

Under the new changes in the Federal Skilled Workers application for Permanent Residents application for Canada brought about by the Ministerial Instructions, published, last November 28, 2008, to be eligible you must have at least one (1) year work experience under the list of 38 High Demand Occupations.

Last June 26, 2o1o the list of Eligible occupations was changed to 29 in demand occupation, superseding the previous eligible occupations list.

Where if successful, you may have your Immigrants Visa within 6 months to 1 year!

To be successful in your application you must be able to pass Citizenship and Immigration Canada's, Selection Criteria or what is commonly known as the "Points System".

Canada's points system score requirement was reduced from 75 to 67 points on 18 September 2003. This means a considerable increase in the number of people who meet the Canada visa requirement for the Canadian skilled worker and Professional Category. The previous requirement of 75 points from 28 June 2002 meant that even most highly qualified people did not gain enough points.

To get the 67 points passmark you will be assessed based on your credentials which will be based on the following:

Selection Factor Points
Education Maximum 25 points
Ability 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


Maximum 100 points

Pass mark

67 points

In a nutshell, you will get the 67 required points under the points system if you have at least 4 years work experience (at least 1 year under 38 high demand occupations and 3 years experience under Occupation categories O, A and B -Managerial, Professional, Trade and Skilled), a college Degree, at least 21 to 49 years old, can prove that you are proficient in either English or French.

Since not all applicants have the same credentials and circumstances, it is expected that an applicant will encounter problems in attaining the required passmark.

If an applicant does not reach the required passmark there are Adaptability points that he or she can look into for added points.

I would like to give you some pointers so you can take a look at your situation and see if there is something you can still do to strengthen your case.

The typical problems are:

1.Lacking work experience
a)From no work experience to
b)Less than 4 years of work experience for a single applicant with no close relative in Canada

2.Work experience but
a)Wrong job title
b)Wrong job description
c)Too many different jobs with not enough work experience in any one occupation to qualify.

Work experience is mandatory. All applicants must have a minimum of one (1) year of work experience in an occupation on the Canadian Occupational Demand List. Therefore it is impossible for new graduates to apply right out of school. New graduates are encouraged to get a job in-line with their occupation, if that is possible.

Single applicants must have at least four (4) years of work experience in order to qualify and a four (4) year university degree. That is unless they have a first degree relative in Canada. If that is the case then the single applicant will only need two (2) years of work experience.

If the single applicant only has a two (2) year university degree or vocational training certificate they will need four (4) years of work experience and a close relative in Canada to qualify.

Single applicants with Masters Degrees of at least 17 years of full-time schooling would only need three years of work experience to qualify, but only one (1) year of work experience if they have a close relative in Canada.

New graduates, young single individuals might want to look into this option. We have many cases where the parents are in their late forties but still have children in college or just graduated but still single. The parents are highly qualified for an immigrant visa to Canada so the parents are the ones to apply. The parents would include all their single children on their applicant. Visas for the children would be issued when the parents get their visas. By using this option the application can be filed right now. No need to wait several years to get the needed work experience before applying. This is a very good option that many young people should look into but is often overlooked. We would be happy to explain to you and your parents. It’s a great option.

As you can see, education and work experience does matter. Having a relative in Canada is also very helpful. Please let us know if you do. Your parents might be able to help. Get the whole family involved since everybody in the family will benefit.

Married applicants might only need one (1) year of work experience to qualify. There are too many combinations to list all of the options.

Married applicants should submit their spouse’s credentials as well as their own. The spouse’s education is very important and knowing the number of years of full-time study for both husband and wife is also very important.

It is also very important to know the work experience of the spouse. In many cases the spouse has better qualifications than the person inquiring. That is good news for many applicants. Therefore, if the applicant is married we need complete resumes on their spouse in order to properly evaluate their chances of immigrating to Canada.

Therefore all married applicants should submit resumes on both husband and wife. We need to know if either side of the family has relatives in Canada. Keep in mind, the relative in Canada does not need to give the applicant financial support. Just the mere fact they are in Canada is enough.

Not to discourage anybody, all we can tell you is, if you are serious about immigrating to Canada, your dream will come true. But you must have a plan how to do it.

From our experience, in almost all families there is somebody very qualified for a Canadian immigrant visa. Since the family in the Philippines benefits a lot from the first person going to Canada, it is our suggestion that the family puts all their support behind the most qualified applicant in their family. Once the first person gets into Canada others can follow much easier. But you should have a plan. If you do not have a plan you will most likely waste lots of time. We can help you put a plan together once we know more about your family. We would be happy to help you put together a plan for your family if we can get complete information on your family.

In conclusion, if you have the desire to live a better life in Canada, there is a way to make that happen. Don’t give up, it might not happen as fast as you want but it will happen. Feel free to send us more information about members of your family that you feel will strengthen your case. Any OFW in the family should be an excellent candidate for an immigrant visa to Canada. Let’s find out. We will try our best to help you and your family accomplish your goals.

Meeting the requirements imposed by the points system, will give you your passport for Canada.

For those who already have their applications assessed, and are qualified for the program, you have to start now! Do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!

For those who wants their credentials assessed, fill out the online assessment form by clicking on this link:

On-line Assessment Form

Or better yet, attend our Immigration Orientation Seminar!

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