What IELTS Score Do I Need For Canadian Immigration Through the Federal Skilled Worker Program?

November 9, 2018 by Kyle Broda

This is a question that comes up quite often when people are thinking of immigrating and you’d be surprised to hear that there’s a very simple answer: You want to get as high of a score as possible in order to better qualify for Canadian Immigration.

This simple answer gets more complex as we dig into the details a little bit further.

Currently, there are more than 70 different immigration programs in Canada and the most popular economic program is the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

You can read about this program on the Immigration Canada website here.

If you’ve gone to the above link, you might think that the minimum requirements for the Federal Skilled Worker Program are as follows:

Are these really the minimum requirements? No!

After a person meets these requirements, they are assigned a score based on the CRS points system. Points are given for education, age, work experience, Canadian experience, etc., but the most points are given for language ability.

So who gets selected for immigration in this system?

Since Express Entry started the lowest score has been around 440-460 in the CRS. This means that even if someone meets the minimum requirements we discussed above, they might only be at 200 CRS points, which means that they will not be selected for immigration.

So what kind of person can have 440 or more CRS points?

A lot of this depends on the person’s IELTS score.

Let’s take a look at 3 examples of a person who is single, 28 years old, has a Master’s Degree, and 3 years of professional work experience. This person would have 110 points for his age and 135 points for his education, which totals 245 CRS points. When you think that this person needs 440+ points, we will see that the IELTS score is an essential part of meeting this goal.

#1: If this person has a CLB 7 in IELTS, he would have a total of 363 CRS points.
#2: If this person has a CLB 8 in IELTS, he would have a total of 387 CRS points.
#3: If this person has a CLB 9 in IELTS, he would have a total of 469 CRS points.

In this case, the person with the CLB would likely be able to immigrate through the Federal Skilled Worker Program quickly while the other 2 people would not like be selected for immigration.

What does this mean for you? Study hard for the IELTS and you will have more immigration options at your disposal!

Kyle Broda, RCIC, M.Ed., M.A. Kyle Broda holds several academic qualifications, including a Master of Education as well as a Master of Linguistics Degree with a specialization in Testing and Assessment. He has been the lead instructor and curriculum designer for Full Skills Exam Prep since 2012. In addition to his career as an RCIC, he also conducts lectures on Immigration Law as well as Teacher and Examiner Training.

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