As of January 2015, there is a new system for people with skilled work experience to apply to immigrate to Canada. It is called Express Entry.

You must use Express Entry if you want to apply:

The selection factors are on basis of:

  • your skills in English and/or French (Canada’s two official languages),
  • your education,
  • your work experience,
  • your age,
  • whether you have a valid job offer, and
  • your adaptability (how well you are likely to settle here).

Point System of Canada( FSWP):

Education Proficiency:

Highest level of education completedPoints
Doctoral Level25
Master’s Level or Professional Degree23
Two or more Post-Secondary Credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential22
Three-year or longer post-secondary credential
(Ex: Bachelor’s Degree)
Two-Year Post-Secondary Credential21
Two-Year Post-Secondary Credential19
One-Year Post-Secondary Credential15

Language Proficiency:

Maximum 24 Points- First Official Language
Maximum 4 Points- Second Official Language

First Official LanguageSpeakingListeningReadingWriting
High proficiency IELTS Scores67686767
Moderate proficiency IELTS Scores56.557.556.556.5
Basic proficiency IELTS Scores46464646
Second official LanguageSpeakingListeningReadingWriting
IELTS Scores5545

Work Experience:

Maximum 15 points.
Points will be awarded for the number of years worked full time (which is defined as 37.5 hours per week, or the equivalent amount in part-time work) in a paid position. In addition, only work in a managerial, professional or skilled occupation will count for points.

Work ExperiencePoints
1 year9
2-3 years11
4-5 years13
6+ years15


Maximum 12 Points.

Applicants between the ages of 18 and 35 receive maximum points (12) for age. For every year above 35 years of age, the applicant loses 1 point. The applicant will receive one point at 46 years of age and zero points if they are 47 years of age or older.