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Frequently Asked Questions2022-12-05T02:08:37-05:00
Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) tool: skilled immigrants (Express Entry)2022-09-12T03:01:57-05:00
Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) tool: skilled immigrants (Express Entry)

This tool will help you calculate your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on the answers you provide below. It’s used to assess your:

  • skills
  • education
  • language ability
  • work experience
  • other factors

Choose the best answer:

  • If you’ve been invited to apply, enter your age on the date you were invited.
  • If you plan to complete an Express Entry profile, enter your current age.

Enter the highest level of education for which you:

  • earned a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate or
  • had an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) if you did your study outside Canada. (ECAs must be from an approved agency, in the last five years)

Note: a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate must either have been earned at an accredited Canadian university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute in Canada. Distance learning counts for education points, but not for bonus points in your profile or application.

Note: to answer yes:

  • English or French as a Second Language must not have made up more than half your study
  • you must not have studied under an award that required you to return to your home country after graduation to apply your skills and knowledge
  • you must have studied at a school within Canada (foreign campuses don’t count)
  • you had to be enrolled full time for at least eight months, and have been physically present in Canada for at least eight months

5) Official languages: Canada's official languages are English and French.

You need to submit language test results that are less than two years old for all programs under Express Entry, even if English or French is your first language.

Enter your test scores:

If so, which language test did you take for your second official language?

Test results must be less than two years old.

Enter your test scores for:

6) Work Experience

It must have been paid and full-time (or an equal amount in part-time).

Note: In Canada, the National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the official list of all the jobs in the Canadian labour market. It describes each job according to skill type, group and level.

"Skilled work" in the NOC is:

  • managerial jobs (NOC Skill Level 0)
  • professional jobs (NOC Skill Type A)
  • technical jobs and skilled trades/manual work (NOC Skill Type B)

If you aren’t sure of the NOC level for this job, you can find your NOC.

It must have been paid, full-time (or an equal amount in part-time), and in only one occupation (NOC skill type 0, A or B).

Note: A certificate of qualification lets people work in some skilled trades in Canada. Only the provinces, territories and a federal body can issue these certificates. To get one, a person must have them assess their training, trade experience and skills to and then pass a certification exam.

People usually have to go to the province or territory to be assessed. They may also need experience and training from an employer in Canada.

This isn’t the same as a nomination from a province or territory.

Additional Points

A valid job offer must be

  • full-time
  • in a skilled job listed as Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B in the 2011 National Occupational Classification
  • supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or exempt from needing one
  • for one year from the time you become a permanent resident

A job offer isn’t valid if your employer is:

  • an embassy, high commission or consulate in Canada or
  • on the list of ineligible employers.

Whether an offer is valid or not also depends on different factors, depending on your case. See a full list of criteria for valid job offers.

You can use our online tool to find out if you don’t know.

Note: to answer yes, the brother or sister must be:

  • 18 years old or older
  • related to you or your partner by blood, marriage, common-law partnership or adoption
  • have a parent in common with you or your partner

A brother or sister is related to you by:

  • blood (biological)
  • adoption
  • marriage (step-brother or step-sister)
  • earned a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate; or
  • had an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)? (ECAs must be from an approved agency, in the last five years)

To get the correct number of points, make sure you choose the answer that best reflects your case. For example:

If you have TWO Bachelor’s degrees, or one Bachelor’s AND a two year college diploma, choose – “Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees. One must be for a program of three or more years.”

It must have been paid, full-time (or an equal amount in part-time), and in one or more NOC 0, A or B jobs.

Test results must be less than two years old.

ii) Enter the test scores for:

Your results

All Express Entry candidates get a score out of 1,200, based on the four parts of the Comprehensive Ranking System formula.

We invite the highest-ranking candidates from the pool to apply as a permanent resident through regular “rounds of invitations.” See what minimum scores have been in the past.

What is Canada PNP?2022-07-13T17:01:04-05:00

The Canada Provincial Nominee Programs provide an important route to a Canada PR Visa. The PNPs allow Canadian territories and provinces to nominate skilled individuals to meet their specific labour market needs. These individuals must be eager to go to Canada and settle in a specified province.

Every territory and province in Canada has its own PNP. Quebec and Nunavut are the exceptions. Each PNP has at least one immigration stream linked to the federal Express Entry immigration selection system.

Nominations from provinces are available through these Express Entry-linked streams and are referred to as enhanced nominations. These nominations will give you an additional 600 CRS points for Express Entry. In addition, it practically guarantees an ITA for a Canada PR Visa in future Express Entry draws.

What are the Eligibility Requirements for the PNP program?2022-07-13T17:00:30-05:00

To apply for the PNP, you must either achieve the minimum qualifications for the province’s non-Express Entry streams or be nominated under that stream.

Does PNP Guarantee PR?2022-07-13T16:59:49-05:00

A Provincial Nomination does not ensure permanent residency. In addition, before CIC accepts your Permanent Resident status, you must fulfil certain statutory requirements, including health, security, and document validity.

Is the job offer mandatory for PNP?2022-07-13T16:59:13-05:00

No, it is not. The job offer is not mandatory for some of the PNPs, such as: 

  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
  • Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)
  • Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
  • Alberta PNP through Express Entry
  • Prince Edward Island PNP through Express Entry
  • Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP)
Is Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) a good option?2022-07-13T16:58:03-05:00

PNP immigration system has a longer processing time and higher processing fees than the Express Entry program. Still, it is the best option for aspiring immigrants who do not have a high CRS score but have a job offer in Canada that appears on the NOC list of the territory or province they are applying for.

Can I apply for multiple PNP in Canada?2022-07-13T16:56:46-05:00

Yes, you can apply for multiple PNP programs, but if you get nominated for more than one province, it is up to you to choose any one province out of them. Here, you should note that applying for multiple PNPs will also cost you high and is non-refundable.

How many Points are Required for Canada PR?2022-07-10T15:38:22-05:00

If you are an overseas skilled worker, you must apply for Canada PR through FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program). For the FSW stream, you must have at least 67 points based on six selection factors, i.e., language skills, education, experience, age, adaptability and arranged employment in Canada. Once you are selected, you will be added to the Express Entry applicant pool.

How many IELTS Bands are Required for Canada PR?2022-07-10T15:36:29-05:00

The minimum IELTS score requirement for your Canada PR visa may vary across different programs. Generally, the minimum IELTS score required for your Canada PR visa through Express Entry or PNP mode is 6 bands in each module. Similarly, a minimum of 4.5 bands in each module is required under Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (Occupation in-demand stream).

What is the Period of Validity of the Canada PR visa?2022-07-10T15:35:31-05:00

Canada PR visa is valid for five years, and you’ll be required to submit your renewal application 6 months before the expiry.

What is an ECA?2022-07-10T15:34:47-05:00

ECA stands for Educational Credential Assessment, and it is required to validate your foreign degree, diploma or certificate while assessing its equivalency to the Canadian educational standards.

Which organisations are designated by CIC to issue an ECA?2022-07-10T15:34:07-05:00

Some of the CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) designated organisations authorised to issue an ECA report are as follows:

  • World Education Services (WES)
  • International Credential Evaluation Service
  • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
  • International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
  • Comparative Education Service (CES), University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
Is there any difference between Canada PR and Canadian citizenship?2022-07-10T15:32:50-05:00

The key distinction is that before becoming a citizen, a person must first become a permanent resident. Then, after meeting specific residency criteria, permanent residents can apply for citizenship.

Canadian permanent residents enjoy almost similar kinds of rights to that of a Canadian Citizen. But there are a few exceptions to those rights, such as:

  • Permanent residents (PRs) can not vote or be a candidate in elections
  • PRs can not apply for a Canadian passport
  • PRs do not have the option to be educated in the official language of their choice
  • Also, PRs do not have unqualified rights to enter, remain in or leave Canada
Can I work while studying in Canada?2022-07-09T02:51:02-05:00

Yes! Another advantage of studying in Canada is that international students are permitted to work. Therefore, it helps them to cover their tuition and living expenses. During the academic year, international students in Canada can work part-time (up to 20 hours per week). In addition, international students may work full-time during specified breaks such as summer vacation.

Most students do not require a work permit to work while studying, whether on or off-campus. However, your study permit will specify whether or not you are permitted to work off-campus. You may be eligible to work more than 20 hours per week if your program of study involves job experience. It will be mentioned in your acceptance letter. If the government agrees to this requirement, you will be awarded a job permit as well as a study permit. This work permit allows you to work solely on campus.

Do I need to submit an LOI (Letter of Intent) to study in Canada?2022-07-09T03:25:57-05:00

Your letter of intent is an important part of your application for a study permit. It should explain your background, reasons for selecting your desired program, and country. It should also present your research on the Canadian education system and your positive intent to return to your home country with good future employment prospects. Herein, you must also acknowledge the government rules and regulations that an international student in Canada follows.

Do I need to clear the IELTS to Obtain Study Visa in Canada?2022-07-09T02:53:36-05:00

To study in a Canadian school/college, you must be fluent in either English or French. Canadian post-secondary colleges set their own requirements for overseas students’ language ability. As a result, language competence needs differ from school to school. When drafting your application, you should check the exact criteria for your chosen program. Some colleges even allow you to finish English classes after you start your studies.

Some international students are exempt from providing proof of language proficiency. If you are from an English-speaking nation or have already studied English, you may not be required to take the IELTS. Every school has its own language standards. Therefore, it is important to research the unique requirements of the institution to which you wish to apply.

What is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI)?2022-07-09T02:48:12-05:00

Any educational institution, permitted to accommodate overseas students is referred to as a designated learning institution (DLI). All Canadian elementary and secondary schools are DLIs and can accept students from other countries. However, since not all post-secondary institutions are DLIs, you must first consult the Canadian government’s list of DLIs before applying.

How many backlogs are allowed for the Canada student visa?2022-07-09T02:47:33-05:00

Some Canadian colleges accept a maximum of five backlogs, under the proviso that candidates have a minimum of 70% in their undergraduate degree. Some universities also allow a maximum of 7 or 8 backlogs for post-graduate degree programs, provided the candidate has achieved 65% or above in the undergraduate program.

How many bands are required For Canada study visa?2022-07-09T02:52:13-05:00

The Canadian High Commission demands 6.0 bands on the IELTS Exam for an undergraduate degree, with no band less than 5.5. Furthermore, candidates for the post-graduate degree must have an overall 6.5 band with no band lower than 6.0.

Eligibility for Canadian Permanent Residence2022-02-12T03:08:11-05:00

This form assesses professionals’ and skilled workers’ eligibility for Canadian Permanent Residence through the Express Entry System. The Express Entry System was established in 2015 and has become the fastest and most popular pathway for newcomers seeking a new life in Canada.

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Tool2022-08-03T12:04:51-05:00

This tool will help you calculate your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on the answers you provide below.

Who Can Apply for Canadian Citizenship?2021-03-10T12:54:18-05:00

To be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship, you must fulfill the following:

  • Be at least 18 years old or be included with the application of a parent who is over 18years old
  • Be free of current criminal prohibitions
  • Must have permanent resident (PR) status in Canada
  • Lived in Canada for 1095 days (3years) during the five years immediately prior to the citizenship application
  • Provide proof of income tax filings for 3 out of 5 years before applying
  • Proof of language ability in English or French with a minimum of CLB level 4 for speaking and listening
  • Passed a citizenship test, which is based on general knowledge about the country
  • Spouses of Canadian citizens must meet the same requirements listed above with no exceptions
  • There are additional or different requirements if you are applying for a minor (under age 18) or if you are a Canadian applying for your adopted child born outside Canada.

For more queries, schedule a free consultation here.

What are the benefits of becoming a Canadian permanent resident?2022-07-10T15:49:39-05:00

1. Enjoy Mobility Rights: This means that with a PR Status, you can work and live in any city or province you choose with complete freedom to move around the country.

2. Universal (FREE) Healthcare and Social Services: This means that the government ensures that most medical treatment is free and funded by the government. Canada also boasts of the best medical staff, treatments and facilities worldwide. See Canada’s global ranking here

3. Better Education Opportunities: The country ensures all young citizens have access to quality education regardless of their background. The Canadian government spends the highest on education in comparison to other countries in the world. Canada offers high-quality education at affordable rates with degrees that are recognized worldwide. See Canada’s global ranking on education here.

4. Safety: Strict gun laws ensure lesser crimes and violence, boosting Canada’s global reputation to 9.7 out of 10 for safety and security (OECD Better Life Index, 2014). Click here to see Canada’s ranking.

5. Cultural Diversity: Currently, 41 of Canada’s 338 members of parliament were born overseas. This creates greater tolerance and inclusivity towards various cultures, lifestyles and beliefs at the core of the government and its people. Ensuring a tolerant and broad-minded society.

6. More opportunities: firstly, you will be earning in dollars for which Canada has a variety of booming career options. Canada also has one of the strongest economies of the world- which means: quality of life for its residents and more income opportunities.

When a country ensures that the basic necessities of life are given to its citizens, the many perks that follow are:

  • Work-Life is balanced
  • Equal pay for equal work
  • Sophisticated art, culinary and cultural mix
  • Kind, generous, tolerant, and good-natured people
  • A relaxed and peaceful retirement
  • Beautiful landscapes, natural resources, and living options
How to Become a Permanent Resident of Canada?2021-05-14T15:46:00-05:00

There are several routes to becoming a Canadian permanent resident. See Path to Citizenship for more details. Need assistance? schedule a free consultation with us here.

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