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How Many Points Are Required For Canada PR?

How Many Points Are Required For Canada PR?

If you are a Canada PR aspirant, then you must essentially know the point requirement of Canada PR. These points are nothing but evaluation parameters that evaluates a person on their ability to contribute to the country’s economic growth. If you want to apply to Canada PR through Express Entry System, there are three categories under which you can apply.

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program.
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program.
  • Canadian Experience Class

In make your move with Express entry, you must, first of all, create your profile providing all the information as required. Once you are done with profile creation, you will be ranked based on the points you receive on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). You will be evaluated on the six selection factors like language skills, work experience, education, age, arranged employment in Canada and adaptability. If you want to qualify the Canada PR point system of the federal skilled worker program, you are required to score minimum points of 67.

Point Calculation Distribution for Canada PR

  1. You will be able to secure a maximum of 28 points in this category if you are able to communicate efficiently both in English and French. The points will be given on the basis of your writing, reading, listening and speaking abilities. The test results will be analyzed by their Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) for English or Niveaux de competence linguistic Canadian (NCLC) for French. For the first official language, you need to obtain minimum CLB 7 level; and for the second official language, you must be able to get a minimum of NCLC 5 in the four language aspect.

    The below tabular representation will explain in a better way.

    First official language (Maximum 24 points)
    First Official Language Speaking (Minimum eligibility Points) Listening  (Minimum eligibility Points) Reading (Minimum eligibility Points) Writing (Minimum eligibility Points)


    CLB level 9 or more 6 6 6 6
    CLB level 8 5 5 5 5
    CLB level 7 4 4 4 4

    *If your level is under the CLB level 7, then, you are not eligible to apply.

    Second official language (Max points to score 4)
    For Second Official Language Max Points
    At least CLB 5 in four language skills 4
    CLB 4/less in any four language skills 0

    *You must have at least CLB 5 in the four language skills to score 4 points

  2. The points that you attain under the category of work experience depends on the number of years you have been working as a full-timer. The requirement is of 30 hours per week or an equal amount of part-time job undertaken. The National Occupation Classification (NOC) is used to evaluate your skilled job application. Another requirement is that your work experience must match the job code, which is called the NOC code.

    Experience Maximum 15 points
    1 year 9
    2-3 years 11
    4-5 years 13
    6 or more years 15

  3. Under this section you can score a maximum of 25 points under in this by meeting the following requirements:

    • If you have an educational experience in Canada, then you must have a degree/certificate or diploma from a secondary (high school) / post-secondary school in Canada.
    • In case, if your education is not from Canada, then you need to meet the education standards of Canada. And, this is analyzed with ECA.

    Refer to the table below for better insight

    Education Maximum points to score: 25 Points
    University degree at the Doctoral (Ph.D.) or equal 23
    A Master’s degree/equivalent from a university Or entry-to-practice professional degree (or similar) which is Skill Level A of NOC 2016, and licensed by a provincial regulatory body 23
    Two or more Canadian post-secondary degrees/diplomas or equal (at least one must be for a program of at least three years) 22
    Canadian post-secondary degree/diploma for a program of three years or longer or equal 21
    Canadian post-secondary degree/diploma for a two-year program, or same 19
    Canadian post-secondary degree/diploma for a one-year program, or similar 15
    Canadian high school diploma, or same 5

  4. The points are issued based on your age at the time of your application. Points specific to age are explained below.

    Age Points
    Under 18 0
    18-35 12
    36 11
    37 10
    38 9
    39 8
    40 7
    41 6
    42 5
    43 4
    44 3
    45 2
    46 1
    47 and older 0

  5. In this section, you can earn a maximum of 10 points. In case, if your spouse or common-law partner also immigrate with you to Canada. The table below will explain on what grounds you can earn points and how much.

    Adaptability Maximum 10 Points
    Your spouse/partner’s language proficiency: If the language level in English or French is at CLB 4 level or higher 5 Points
    Your past study in Canada: If you have completed at least two years of full-time education at a secondary or post-secondary school (in a program at least two years long). 5 Points
    Your spouse/partner’s past study in Canada: If your spouse or partner completed minimum 2 years of full-time education (in a program of at least two years long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada. 5 Points
    Your past work in Canada: If you have a full-time Canadian work experience of minimum 1 year:

    in a job listed in the Skill Type 0 or Skill Levels A or B of Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC), and

    with a valid work permit to work in Canada

    10 Points
    Your spouse or common-law partner’s past Canadian work experience:

    If your spouse/partner has a minimum of one year of full-time work experience in Canada on a work permit or under valid authorization.

    5 Points
    Arranged Employment in Canada: 5 Points

    As we have already said that if you want to secure a PR visa for Canada, you have a score a minimum 67 points. So the following table is a summary of how points can be scored under the Comprehensive Ranking System.

    Factor Description Points
    Age 18-35 12
    36 11
    37 10
    38 9
    39 8
    40 7
    41 6
    42 5
    43 4
    44 3
    45 2
    46 1
    47 and older 0
    Language Proficiency
    Reading Speaking Writing Listening
    Bands 6 6 6 6 to 7 CLB 7
    Points 4 4 4 4 16 Points
    Bands 6.5 6.5 6.5 7.5 CLB 8
    Points 5 5 5 5 20 Points
    Bands 7-7.5 7 7 8 CLB 9
    Points 6 6 6 6 24 Points
    Bands 8-9 7.5-9 7.5-9 8.5-9 CLB 10
    Points 6 6 6 6 24 Points
    Qualification Ph.D. Max 25 Points
    Master’s degree Max 23 Points


    Double Bachelor Max 22 Points


    Bachelor degree Max 21 Points
    Diploma 3 Years after Higher Secondary Max 19 points


    Diploma 3 Years after 10th (High School) Max 15 Points
    High School Max 05 Points
    Work Experience    1 Year 09 Points
    2 – 3 Years Max 11 Points
    4 – 5 Years Max 13 Points
    6 & Above Max 15 Points


    Spouse/ Adaptability Spouse IELTS Max 05 Points
    Blood Relation

  6. Immigrating to Canada from India can be done under the following programs:

    • Express Entry Program
    • Quebec Selected Workers Program
    • Provincial Nominee Program
    • Migrate as an entrepreneur/self-employed person
    • Programs for family and caregivers of applicant
    • Migrate as an Investor

    Every program for immigration to Canada from India comes with various criteria. It is confusing to determine and choose the right option to immigrate abroad. By choosing us, we can be your help. Kansas Overseas Careers is one the best immigration consultancy helping clients to choose the right platform for Canada immigration. You will get the best assistance for your complete process. Our experienced staff will be at your service at each step.

    Following are the steps followed while to apply for Canada.

    • Need to qualify the required Language proficiency.
    • Must create a profile for Express Entry if you are applying through a federal economic program.
    • Must complete Education credentials assessment (ECA) and check whether meeting the standards of Canada or not.
    • Based on your rank, you will be placed in an Express Entry Pool. Here, you need to receive your ITA or Invitation to Apply for Canada PR.
    • Need to conduct needful medical and criminal background checks.
    • Obtain your confirmation of PR status and migrate to Canada as Permanent Resident.

    A few years back immigrating to Canada from India was quite a difficult task, but with the introduction of the Express Entry System, obtaining a permanent residency has become quite more comfortable and faster.

    Once you apply for a Canada PR Visa, you can get an approval in as fast as 6 months. You can expect the entire visa approval process right from application verification to approval. Also, the process can be completed within 12 months. Because of these reasons, Canada is popularly known as immigrant-friendly visa nations, Canada is ranked as No. 1 choice among people who want to settle abroad for a better living.

    Though the Canada Visa process is short, you will have to follow all the requirements of the process. If you fail to meet the requirements, there are chances of your visa getting rejected.  So, if you are unsure regarding the process, you can hire professional immigration consultants.  Kansas is popularly known for providing the best immigration service to Canada in the shortest possible time.

  7. The total expenditure to migrate to Canada involves many things such as expenses of visa application, medical fees, and airfares to Canada, English language (IELTS) test fee, etc.  However, the cost depends on various factors such as the number of members accompanying, place of accommodation, and other factors.  Besides, there are even a few additional fixed costs that you need to meet. Below is the description of the costs involved:-

    Economic class application-

    Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP) category:
    1. Processing fee:
      • Primary Applicant – 825$
      • Secondary Candidate (Spouse / Common-law partner) – 825$
    2. Fee for Permanent Residence:
      • Primary Applicant – 500$
      • Secondary Candidate (Common-law partner/Spouse) = 500$
      • Children (Below the age of 22 years) = 225$ each
    Quebec Skilled Workers Program (QSWP):
    • Fee for Primary Applicant – C$785
    • Fee for Spouse or de facto spouse – C$168
    • For each dependent child = C$168
    Fee Requirements for Provincial Nominee Program (PNP):

    The exact cost for PNP involves various factors. It majorly depends on the Province you are migrating bases on the general agreement.

    • Fee for Primary Applicant – 825$
    • Fee for Secondary Candidate (Spouse / Common-law partner) – 825$
    • Children (Under 22 years of age) – 225$ each
    Fee Requirements for Ontario Provincial Nomination Program (OINP):

    Ontario is the capital land of Canada, and this is the main attraction for many skilled candidates all over the globe to choose Ontario the most. However, to get considered for OINP, it is essential for you to score at least 400 CRS score (Comprehensive Ranking System score) for nomination.

    If you are holding the correct score with right skills, you can probably obtain a Notification of Interest (NOI) from the Ontario PNP. Then, you can apply for Ontario by paying a fee of CAD 1500.

    Fee Requirements for Saskatchewan Immigration Nomination Program (SINP):

    Saskatchewan Immigration Nomination Program (SINP) is also a famous province. The province is also known for providing a chance for candidates with low skills and language proficiency. If you are would like to become part of Canada through SINP, then, you need to pay an amount of CAD 300 for processing your application.

    Various aspects of Canada PR Cost
    • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is charged for nearly 200 CAD. It is the first and primary test to verify whether your educational levels match the standards of Canada or not. This is performed under the guidance of WES (World Education Service).
    • IELTS test fee is charged for about 12,000 INR /150 Canadian Dollar. The IELTS is a mandatory requirement to become part of Canada. If you fail to prove your proficiency in any of the languages – English/French, then you are no considered for Canada PR. For your single attempt of IELTS, you will be charged Rs 12,000 or 150 Canadian Dollar. It is better to prove your proficiency in the only try.

    However, by consulting to us, we will help you to clear your exam in a single attempt by providing materials helping for reading, writing, listening and speaking.

    Fee for Canadian Permanent Residency:
    • Fee for the primary applicant: CAD 500
    • Fee for the secondary applicant: CAD 500
    • Fee for Child: CAD 225

    PR Fee is the fee requirement needed to the Canadian Government as a processing fee for the Canada PR visa. The Citizenship and Immigration Canada, which is commonly known as CIC issues you the right to get settled in Canada as permanent residents. Hence, this payment is also known as Right to Permanent Resident Fee (RPRF). This is a mandatory fee which is not allowed for a refund.

    Fee for Medicals: From Rs. 5000 to Rs. 9000.   This is another mandatory fee. Canada is much concerned about their individual’s health, and thus it makes compulsory for allowing immigrants with good health. Hence, it is a necessary condition; and you should succeed in proving it. If your medicals result in any communicable disease such as Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, etc., then, you are at risk of not getting considered for Canada PR.

    A fee of 85 CAD is needed for your Biometrics. Biometrics is a mandatory need for every application. Whether you are planning Canada on a purpose of visit, business, work, study or permanent residency, you are required to get your biometrics. The fee for Biometrics is approximately Rs. 4,860 in Indian Rupees for people around the ages 14 – 79.

    A fee of 1000-2000 INR is required for your passport. Once you have made your application, the Canadian authorities validate your application and identify you with your passport.  For this, you may be required a fee of Rs. 1000 – 2000. If you are having dependents accompanying, then you need to pay per person.

    Apart from the requirements mentioned above, there are even a few other payments needed. You will be asked for a Character Certificate; for this, you need to get a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC). You need to prove that you are a pure citizen without any criminal records.

    If you are planning to set your application for state nominations, then you need to pay the fee for the respective province. However, there are even a few situations where will be charged additionally for your Spouse IELTS, Spouse Credential Assessment, etc.

  8. The time it takes to get the PR visa approved depends on the immigration category. Most of the Canadian Immigrants prefer Express Entry, and the timeline includes the following things:

    For file preparation, it can take 6 months or more. This part included the Language Test, the ECA assessment and arranging the Passports, etc.

    Once you applied under Express Entry, you will get Invitation to Apply (ITA) within or more than 14 days. However, the time taken for receiving an ITA entirely depends on your CRS scores.

    Once ITA received; hopefully, you will get PR within 6 months provided all your submissions and declarations are correct.

    It is not very difficult to get a PR visa to Canada, though the process can be complicated a bit times if you take the assistance from experienced immigration consultant like us, you can expect your PR visa at the earliest.

  9. There are different IELTS score requirement for each program under Express Entry. Consider the below three tables specifying the score for IELTS under four categories.

    IELTS score for Federal Skilled Worker Program
    CLB Level Speaking Listening Reading Writing Points per Ability
    7 6.0 6.0-7.0 6.0 6.0 4
    8 6.5 7.5 6.5 6.5 5
    9 7.0 8.0 7.0 7.0 6
    10 7.5-9.0 8.5-9.0 8.0-9.0 7.5-9.0 6
    IELTS score for Canadian Experience Class – IELTS
    NOC CLB level Listening Reading Writing Speaking
    0,A 10+ 8.5-9.0 8.0-9.0 7.5-9.0 7.5-9.0
    0,A 9 8.0 7.0 7.0 7.0
    0,A 8 7.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
    0,A 7 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
    B 6 5.5 5.0 5.5 5.5
    B 5 4.0 4.0 5.0 5.0

  10. To attain Canada PR a minimum CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) 7 in all four language abilities is required. The following IELTS band requirement needs to be fulfilled under different immigration program.

    • Express Entry System – Minimum 6 bands in each module, i.e., Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing
    • PNP – Minimum 6 bands in each module, i.e., Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing
    • SINP – Occupation in-demand stream- 4.5 bands in each module (listening, Reading, writing, and Speaking)
    • Quebec – CLB 5 (Listening 5 bands, Reading 4 bands, Writing 5 bands and Speaking 5 bands)

  11. Though the process of applying Canada PR Visa is short and not too much difficult, you fail to provide the requirements; then there are chances of your visa to get rejected.  Hence, if you are unsure about the process of the visa, then you can hire professionals at Kansas Overseas Careers. We assure you for providing immigration services at the best price.

    If you want a better life for yourself and family, Canada is the perfect place to do so. In the following section of this blog, you will get to know the easiest ways of moving to Canada from India. So read our blog and get to know the detailed process of moving to Canada.

     Ways of attaining PR in Canada

    Canada is welcoming over 2 lakh people every year through its multiple programs. These include:

    • Express Entry Program
    • Quebec Selected Workers Program
    • Provincial Nominee Program
    • Migrate as an entrepreneur/self-employed person
    • Programs for family and caregivers of applicant
    • Migrate as an Investor

    Among all, the Express Entry System is the fastest way and considered as the best for many skilled candidates for obtaining Canada PR.

    Express Entry System

    Express Entry is an electronic platform used by the Canada immigration government for selected candidates for permanent residency.  It is an online system, and you need to start the process by filling the online application. To get considered under the system, you need to score a minimum of 67 points under the point’s grid. These eligibility points are based on factors – age, education, work experience, language proficiency, adaptability, etc. Once you have made your eligibility check, you can proceed further to apply for Canada Permanent Residence.

    If you are planning to move ahead through Express Entry, then you need to choose your category. Express Entry System has three federal economic programs; they are:

    • Federal Skilled Worker Program:

    Federal Skilled Worker Program is also known as FSWP. It is the most popular visa program for skilled workers. Canada welcomes skilled workers from all over the world to get part of their economic society. Though it is not mandatory for having a job in Canada, it is essential to have your occupation nominated under the in-demand occupation list of Canada (National Occupations Classification or NOC).

    • Federal Trade Worker Program:

    This program is mainly subjected to trade workers or candidates with low skills. To be eligible under this program, you need to have your work experience related to the occupation. Also, you need to have a valid employment letter from an employer of Canada.

    • Canadian Experience Class:

    Canadian Experience Class (CEC) mainly refers to candidates with Canadian work experience. If you have already worked in Canada for at least 2 years, then this can help you to become a permanent resident. However, you need to prove your language skills, work experience, etc. further.  This is the best way for obtaining permanent residency if you have already worked in Canada with a work permit.

    There are even two essential pathways which are also helping many skilled candidates to obtain their Canadian permanent residency happily. The two programs include:

    Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

    The provinces of Canada participate under the Provincial Nominee Programs for finding skilled candidates matching their employment needs. Each province has its eligibility and visa process. If you are skilled professional having skills matching for any of the provinces, then you will have chances for obtaining a nomination certificate.

    Additionally, you will also be able to get an extra 600 points. These points are summed up to your CRS score. And, thus it makes you guaranteed for obtaining an Invitation for permanent residency.

    PNPs are an excellent alternative for candidates with low skills because there are few provinces accepting candidates with little skills, points or language proficiency.

    Family Sponsorship Programs

    These are other simpler ways for obtaining Canadian Permanent Residency. If you are having any of your family relative residing in Canada as a permanent resident or citizen, then they can sponsor you. This is a very fastest and simplest if you have valid relatives. The sponsorship can be received from the following relatives:

    • Spouse (husband/ wife)
    • Same-sex spouse (husband or wife)
    • Common-law partner
    • Conjugal partner
    • Dependent child
    • Spouse’s or common-law partner’s dependent child
    • A grandchild who is still a dependent
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