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Canada Immigration: How would you score? Here’s the Breakdown for your Partner’s Score

How would you score? Here’s the Breakdown of your Partner’s Score

(Part 2 of 2)

In a previous article, we looked at how Canada’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) awards points for every aspect of a prospective migrant’s visa application. Many factors are taken into consideration and applicants are then awarded a score based on a pre-determined point structure. Applicants who score well enough are placed in the country’s Express Entry pool from where employers may find suitable candidates and applicants in this pool will be considered for the regular immigration draws.

Canada Immigration How Would You Score

The points system below show what the partner of the main applicant will be awarded should their credentials be included in the application. Applicants with a spouse or common-law partner stand the chance to accumulate a maximum 460 points and those without a spouse or common-law partner – may score a maximum of 500 points.

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Education

Spouse’s or partner’s level of education Points Awarded

Less than secondary school (high school) 0
Secondary school (high school graduation) 2
One-year program at a university, college,
trade or technical school, or another institute 6
Two-year program at a university, college,
trade or technical in school, or other institutes 7
Bachelor's degree OR a three or more year
a program at a university, college, trade or
technical school, or other institutes 8
Two or more certificates, diplomas, or
degrees. One must be for a program of three
or more years 9
Master's degree, or professional degree
needed to practice in a licensed profession
(For “professional degree”, the degree program
must have been in medicine, veterinary medicine,
dentistry, optometry, law, chiropractic medicine,
or pharmacy.) 10
Doctoral level university degree (PhD) 10

Language

Canada awards points for being able to comfortably communicate in either or both (English and French) of the country’s official languages.

Points are awarded based on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level per ability (reading, writing, speaking and listening ) test.

CLB 4 or less 0
CLB 5 or 6 1
CLB 7 or 8 3
CLB 9 or more 5

Spouse's Canadian work experience

None or less than a year 0
1 year 5
2 years 7
3 years 8
4 years 9
5 years or more 10

Express Entry Draw

Your immigration consultant will make sure that you and your partner score the best possible score increases your chances of being selected for an Express Entry Draw. Draws take place about every 15 days and the minimum score to be considered for the draw varies based on Canada’s needs.

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The most recent Express Entry draw was released on 21st Feb January 2018 where 3,000 ITAs were issued to applicants with a CRS score above 442 points. But on occasion minimum score requirements have been lowered to around 360 for a specific draw.

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