Express Entry Points system explained (FSW, FST, CEC, PNP 2015)

UPDATED WITH NEW INFORMATION: DEC 5, 2014

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ORIGINAL POST:

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has released the anticipated Ministerial Instructions for 2015's express entry system. The legislation can be found here: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2014/2014-12-01-x10/html/extra10-eng.php.

Rather than replacing the current immigration system altogether, Express Entry is better seen as a new points system for all economic immigrants. When one person qualifies under any of the current immigration classes (e.g. Federal Skilled Worker or Canadian Experience Class), they are then to be assessed under the new Express Entry points system. With a maximum of 1200 points, candidates will be assessed under several criteria including:

  • Core human capital factors (500 possible points)
  • Skill transferability factors (100 possible points)
  • Factors relating to a provincial nomination or a qualifying offer of arrangement (600 possible points).

The new points system will have significant impact on your plans to visit Canada. Depending on your situation, it may be advisable to hold off on certain life events in order to score the best possible score. 

It is important to note that there is NOT A STATED CUT OFF for the amount of points you need to be granted express entry. The points system will be used to assess how YOU stand RELATIVE to other applicants! If an applicant score lower than you in points, then you will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence over them, until presumably, a quota or a cut off is met.

This means it is very important to maximize all the points you can get for your application!

If you have an accompanying spouse or common-law partner, the assessment breakdown is:

  • Core human capital factors (460 possible points)
  • Accompanying spouse or common-law partner factors (40 possible points)
  • Skill transferability factors (100 possible points)
  • Factors relating to a provincial nomination or a qualifying offer of arrangement (600 possible points)

Core Human Capital factors (500 points)
An assessment of points under this area includes an applicant's age, level of education, official language proficiency and Canadian work experience. 

If you do not have an accompanying spouse you can score a maximum of 500:

  • 110 points for Age
  • 150 points for education
  • 136 points for language ability in the first language
  • 24 points for language ability in the second language
  • 80 points for Canadian work Experience in the last 10 years

If you do have an accompanying spouse or common law partner, your points are (to a max of 500):

  • 100 points for Age
  • 140 points for education
  • 128 points for language ability in the first language
  • 22 points for language ability in the second language
  • 70 points for Canadian work Experience in the last 10 years
  • 10 points for your spouse's education
  • 20 points for your spouse's language
  • 10 points for your spouse's Canadian experience.

Skill Transferability (100 points)
You can score a maximum of 100 points here if you have a combination of education, language, Canadian work experience, foreign work experience. Each mix of combination can award you 50 points to a total max of 100. For example, if you have high education and recent Canadian work experience, you can be awarded 50 points in this category. 

Points in this category can be obtained by COMBINING two of your background factors, such as your level of education and your language experience.

It is broken down into two categories (I name them "A" or "B") of 50 points maximum each:

A. Your level of Education must be combined with:

  1. Official Language Proficiency (s 21) - maximum of 50 points
  2. Canadian Work Experience (s 22) - maximum of 50 points

B. Foreign Work Experience must be combined with: 

  1. Official Language Proficiency (s 23) - maximum of 50 points
  2. Canadian Work Experience (s 24) - maximum of 50 points

Note that even though you may be able to score over 50 points in either category A or B, it will be rounded down to 50 points maximum. 

For a detailed breakdown, check out my latest post on the topic by clicking here.

Factors relating to a provincial nomination or a qualifying offer of arrangement (600 possible points).
If you have a valid job offer or a nomination under the provincial nominee program, you will get 600 points added to your application.