How to calculate 67 Points for Canadian Immigration

Sunday, August 31, 2008 |

To be eligible for applying for Canadian immigration (in skilled worker class) one must meet the 67 points criteria. This criterion is composed of various areas. The accumulation of 67 points depends upon different aspects of your personality.

There are SIX factors which sum up to make the successful score of 67. I am listing them in two categories as Easy Points and Hard Points.

Let’s work out to see how these points are calculated.

Easy Points
1. Age
2. Ability in English and/or French
3. Adaptability

Hard Points
4. Education
5. Work Experience
6. Arranged employment in Canada


1. Age (Maximum 10 points)

Age plays an important role in getting you the maximum points. Applicants between the ages of 21 years through 49 years are awarded maximum 10 points.

Refer the table below to calculate points according to your age.


6. Arranged Employment in Canada (Maximum 10 points)

You can be awarded selection points for a job that you have arranged before applying to come to Canada as a skilled worker.

Use the chart below to determine your points:

Note: You cannot arrange for an HRSDC confirmation of a job offer. Your employer must do this.


5. Work Experience (Maximum 21 points)

You must meet the following minimum work experience requirements to be eligible to apply as a skilled worker:

  • You must have at least one continuous year of full-time, paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time continuous employment.
  • Your work experience must be in the category of Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B on the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC). See below for instructions on determining the NOC category for your work experience.
  • You must have had this experience within the last 10 years.


Maximum 21 points

1 year


2 years


3 years


4 years


National Occupational Classification

The NOC is a classification system for jobs in the Canadian economy. It describes duties, skills, talents and work settings for occupations in Canada. You can access NOC by visiting:

You do not meet the minimum requirements if:

  • None of your work experience is on the NOC list or
  • Your experience did not occur in the 10 years before you applied.

NOTE: If you do not meet the minimum work experience requirements, your application as a skilled worker will be refused.


4. Education (Maximum 25 points)

Education always wins. In the points system, it has a maximum of 25 points to offer. Calculate your education points from the table below:

If you studied less than the number of years listed with your highest degree or diploma, you must award yourself the points that match your years of study.

  • Example 1: If you have a master’s degree but have completed only 15 years of full-time study, award yourself 22 points.
  • Example 2: If you have a three- or four-year bachelor’s degree, and at least 14 years of education, award yourself 20 points.


3. Adaptability (Maximum 10 points)

It depends on various sub-factors as:

· Spouse or common-law partner’s level of education

· Previous work in Canada

· Previous study in Canada

· Arranged Employment in Canada

· Relatives in Canada

Here are the details

You can only count points from each category once. You can claim points from a category either for you, or for your spouse or common-law partner, but not for both.

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2. Ability in English and/or French (Maximum 24 points)

This factor gives you a good leverage towards getting a total of 67. It is calculated on the basis of four sub-factors as:

  • Listen
  • Speak
  • Read and
  • Write

Proficiency level is calculated as: High, Moderate, Basic and, None.

Top 6 reasons of delay in Canadian Immigration - Part 2

Tuesday, August 19, 2008 |

Reason # 3
You do not respond promptly

A very important reason to have delays in your immigration case processing is the lack of replying in a timely fashion.

Remember, you are the one who applied for it, so whenever asked for any further documentation from CIC (Canadian and Immigration Canada), respond as soon as possible. It is always a good idea to keep written track of all your correspondence with CIC, so that you have the record of what is sent and when.

Usually, you are given a time frame to respond, If you act lazy in replying, other party (CIC) may get the impression that you are not serious in getting Canadian immigration, which can damage your case very badly.

Reason # 2
You send documents by “ordinary” mail service

Don’t take it lightly. It’s your future you are working on, so take it as seriously as any other thing. Sending documents by ordinary mail service in many countries may take much longer than registered or courier mail services. Additionally, reliability is another factor to consider.

Don’t try to save a little money by choosing ordinary mail. Always, and I repeat always send documents with faster and relatively reliable mail services. Remember, you are investing in future, so why take the risk of slow or unreliable delivery.

Reason # 1
You are not lucky enough!

This is really an unfortunate situation, over which, you have no control at all. So don’t worry much about it

I have seen really weak cases (in terms of qualification, education etc.) gotten processed in relatively less time compared to much stronger cases. Just as a tip, I suggest you to take a look at:

Top 10 tips for successful Canadian Immigration --- Part I

I with you success in your future endeavors.

Best of luck.

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Tip # 5:
Be respectful.
Be respectful to Immigration authorities. Your case is processed on behalf of information you provide them. At any point, if you feel you case is not handeled according to your expectation, don't blame them and always be humble in clarifing any thing you want to know.

Tip # 4:
Keep record.
Again a very important point to keep in mind is to "keep copies"of whatever you sent to Immigration office. Keep a record of every document you sent along with date. If you send documents by courier service, track it on the internet (if possible) to make sure it delivered. Always Keep a copy of receipt from courier service for record keeping purpose.
If you are comfortable with computers, keep the records in a program like MS Excel etc. so that you have all the correspondence in one place.

Tip # 3:
Verify Consultant/representative credentials.
Check consultant / representative reputation before selecting one. Use internet, most of valid consultants have a specifice representation number, which can be checked to make sure you are dealing with the right party. See representative credentials and ask for references.

AVOID, choosing a "virtual" representative. Always make sure you have physical access to him/her and his/her office.

Tip # 2:
Have an agreement with consultant.
After selecting a consultant, arrange an appointment and ask whatever you have in mind about immigration process. It is always better to make a "list of question" before meeting the representative. Clarify every thing e.g., fee, term & conditions etc. Make sure to have any agreement in place.

Tip # 1:
Be positive.
And finally, last but not least, BE POSITIVE & CONFIDENT.
This is the most valuable asset you have during the whole immigration visa processing. And be sure to have one thing in your mind


Good luck.

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Hire a Representative/Consultant for Immigration or NOT!

Monday, August 11, 2008 |

Hiring a Representative/Immigration Consultant for Canadian immigration is strictly your choice. In my personal opinion, I would say a big "NO". Let me explain why !

First of all, if you are applying for Canadian immigration there is a bright chance of meeting the 67 point criteria. If you manage to make all the 67 points or more, then all you have to do is to fill up the appropriate form(s) attach the corresponding documents and mail them to respective Canadian High commission or consulate.

A typical Rep/Consultant charges between $2000 to $5000 to put up your case.

Now tell me honestly, do you see any involvement of representative or consultant here ! SAVE hundreds or thousands of your precious dollars, which will come handy when you land in Canada as new immigrant. Representatives/Consultants will easily eat up your good money just for filling out your forms and corresponding with Canadian High commission or consulate.

  • You can fill up the form for sure, as you manage to meet 67 point criteria.
  • You know how to send mail by courier service.
  • You can surely correspond with Canadian High commission or consulate, whenever they send you any letter or require any document, right ?
  • You have to appear in your interview "all by yourself".
  • So, where do you see the representative fit in this whole scenario.
  • Furthermore, please take a look at the following extract from Official Canadian Immigration website.

While I was browsing the Official Canadian Immigration website, I came across a very interesting piece of information for those who are planning to apply for Canadian Immigration and looking for a representative.
Please take a look at the following and decide it for yourself whether you need one or not.

Good luck to all the applicants.


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