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Canada Immigration

How would you score? Here’s the Breakdown

(Part 1 of 2)

We looked at how Canada’s Express Entry Immigration System selects migrants based on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CCR). This breakdown will give you insight as to where points can be scored and what is considered undesirable.

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Your spouse’s score may be beneficial to your immigration application. If you apply with your partner you could be awarded a personal maximum of 460 points for all factors. In the second part of this blog, we will detail how a partner of the main applicant’s points is awarded.

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Below we list the points awarded to the main applicant. On the left is the score if a partner’s score is to be considered and on the right is the score an applicant, without a partner, would get.

Age

Applicants younger than 18 and older than 55 typically don’t score enough points in this section that is because Canada awards applicants for being young and healthy and of working age so that they will positively contribute to the Canadian society. Children do not earn an income to cover their expenses and older people may need more state assistance sooner due to aging.

Breakdown

With a your partner(Max 100 points) Without a partner (Max 110 points)
18 years of age 90 - 99
19 years of age 95 - 105
20 to 29 years of age 100 - 110
30 years of age 95 - 105
31 years of age 90 - 99
32 years of age 85 - 94
33 years of age 80 - 88
34 years of age 75 - 83
35 years of age 70 - 77
36 years of age 65 - 72
37 years of age 60 - 66
38 years of age 55 - 61
39 years of age 50 - 55
40 years of age 45 - 50
41 years of age 35 - 39
42 years of age 25 - 28
43 years of age 15 - 17
44 years of age 5 - 6
45 years of age or more 0 - 0

Level of Education

Canada values education even more so if your degree or diploma is obtained from a reputable educational institution (most South African universities are recognized).

With a partner (Max 140 points) Without a partner (Max 150 points)

Less than secondary school (high school) 0 0

Secondary diploma (high school graduation) 28 30

One-year degree, diploma or certificate from
a university, college, trade or technical school,
or other institute 84 90

Two-year program at a university, college,
trade or technical school, or other institute 91- 98

Bachelor's degree OR a three or more year
program at a university, college, trade or
technical school, or other institute 112- 120

Two or more certificates, diplomas, or
degrees. One must be for a program of three
or more years 119 - 128

Master's degree, OR a 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.) 126 - 135

Doctoral level university degree (Ph.D.) 140 150

Official languages proficiency - first official language
Canada expects migrants to be able to communicate well in either of their two official languages namely English and French. This will ensure that the migrant is more adaptable to Canadian society and able to help and protect themselves in the workplace, socially and legally. Migrants’ language ability is rated using the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test.

Maximum points for each ability (reading, writing, speaking, and listening):

With a partner 32
Without a partner 34
Second official language
The same rating system is used.
With a partner, you may be awarded a combined maximum score of up to 22 points.
Without a partner, you may be awarded a combined maximum score of 24 points.

Canadian work experience

If you have worked in your field in Canada it will count towards your score.
With a partner (Max 70 points) Without a partner (Max 80 points)

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None or less than a year 0 0

1 year 35 - 40
2 years 46 - 53
3 years 56 - 64
4 years 63 - 72
5 years or more 70 - 80

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