Minimum points for Canada Express Entry in 2022 | ISA Global


To qualify for Express Entry, immigrants need at least 67 points out of 100. The requirements are meant to make the process more selective and to ensure that only the best & most qualified candidates are accepted. In this post, we will discuss what the new minimum points requirement means for potential immigrants.

Express entry is one pathway for getting Canada PR, and there is a point system for the minimum cut-off.

The points are based on factors such as age, education, work experience and language ability. To be eligible for Express Entry, you will need to score at least 67 points out of 100, and these are for eligibility only and not for getting approval. The good news is that the 67-point threshold is easily attainable for many potential immigrants. The minimum point criterion ensures that only the most competent applicants are accepted into the Express Entry programme and reflects the state of the labour market in Canada.

FSW program under the express entry system

Federal skilled worker program (FSWP): This program is for people with skilled work experience who want to live in Canada permanently. The minimum points required for this program is 67 out of 100. 

To be eligible for the FSW program, you must:

  • Have at least 1 year of continuous full-time or equivalent part-time paid work experience in the last ten years in an occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification (NOC)
  • Meet the required language levels for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing, and listening).
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have no criminal record.
  • Not be subject to a removal order from Canada.
  • Have a valid travel document, such as a passport
  • Meet the basic eligibility requirements for medical, security and other checks

The table below explains the point distribution for checking the eligibility of 67 points:

Selection Factor Maximum Points
Age 12
Education 25
Language Skill 28
Work Experience 15
Adaptability 10
Arranged Full-time Employment 10

There are various options available if you don’t meet the 67-point requirement –

  • Boost your linguistic abilities
  • Get a second degree, certificate or diploma.
  • Apply for a Provincial Nominee Program where you might still be qualified.

CRS scoring system

There are 4 factors you have to consider when it comes to your CRS score:

  • Core Factors or Human Capital Factors (your age, education, language proficiency and Canadian work experience with or without a spouse or common-law partner)
  • Spouse or common-law partner factors (your spouse’s education and language proficiency)
  • Transferable Skills Factors (Canadian work experience or foreign work experience, language ability etc.)
  • Other Factors (Canadian job offer, provincial nomination etc.)

Age: The age you are on the date you are invited to apply for permanent residence. The maximum points you can get for this factor is 100/110 (if married/ unmarried).

Education: You’ll need proof of your education from a recognized institution when completing your Express Entry profile. The maximum points you can get for this factor is 140/150.

Canadian Work Experience: The maximum points you can get for this factor is 70/80.

Language ability: You must take a language test from an agency approved by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and get results that IRCC considers valid. The maximum points you can get for this factor is 150/160. 

Arranged employment in Canada: You may get points if you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer that’s been confirmed by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). The maximum points you can get for this factor is 200. 

Provincial nomination: You may get points if you’re nominated by a province or territory. The points you will get for this factor are 600.

Siblings in Canada: You may get points if you have a real brother or sister who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, 18 years of age or older, and currently residing in Canada. The points you can get for this factor are 15. 

Bilingual Bonus: You may get an additional 30 points if you’re proficient in both English and French. These points are over and above the core human capital and skill transferability points you get for your first and second official languages.

While the minimum points required to obtain an ITA for 2022 as of now is 542, we can expect that the selection criteria will change compared to what is currently in place. Individuals interested in applying through Express Entry next year should prepare their profiles as early as possible to ensure they meet the minimum requirements.

How to Get More Points for Getting Canada PR Visa?

Key points to increase the CRS rating

You can raise your CRS rating by:

  1. Taking action to develop your linguistic abilities
  2. Gaining more work experience in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A or B)
  3. Obtaining a post-secondary degree in Canada
  4. Getting a legitimate job offer from a Canadian firm.
  5. Receiving a provincial nomination (if you are eligible)

How can ISA Global help you Immigrate to Canada?

ISA Global is a leading immigration consultancy firm with over a decade of experience in helping people immigrate to countries like Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

We can help you with every step of your application, from language testing and skills assessment to job search and settlement assistance.

If you would like help with your Express Entry profile, don’t hesitate to contact our team of experts today. We can help you maximize your score and give you the best possible chance of receiving an ITA.

If you are interested in applying for Express Entry in 2022, be sure to start preparing now. Ensure you have all the required documents and meet the new minimum points requirement. With a little preparation, you can increase your chances of being accepted.

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