It's safe to predict that 2022 will be a completely different year than 2021. The pandemic has been brought under control, international travel has opened up, the job market is improving, and an Express Entry draw for the Federal Skilled Worker Program is quite likely this year.
Are you unsure if you qualify for the FSWP? Well, you'll be evaluated for FSWP based on six selection variables, and you'll need to score at least 67 out of a possible 100 points to be considered for an ITA.
At first look, it may appear that improving your educational credentials is the most effective strategy to increase your chances of receiving an EE ITA under the FSWP. However, this is easier said than done because only individuals with a Ph.D. are eligible for the top score of 25 points.
A Bachelor's degree, on the other hand, will help you score 21 points, meaning you'll have to put in a lot of time and work to get the extra four points for the Doctorate.
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In comparison, high language skills in both English and French may make it much easier for you to earn these extra four points. This selection criteria can help you score 24 points if you have a CLB 9 or higher in your native language.
If you have CLB 5 or above competency in the second language, you can get an extra four points. If English is your primary language, a competency in French of NCLC 5 or higher will help you raise your language score to 28 points.
If you're between the ages of 18 and 35, you'll get an extra 12 points.
To apply through the FSWP, you must have at least one year of work experience relating to your NOC code. This will earn you 9 points.
With a score of 70, you are now able to apply for the Federal Skilled Worker program's Express Entry pool. We haven't even addressed the issues of Arranged Employment in Canada and Adaptability.
Let's take a look at some what-if scenarios and see if you're still qualified for an ITA.
What if you don't speak French fluently? Then you'll need to work especially hard on your English and make sure you get the maximum 24 points for first-language competence.
This indicates that 24 points in the Language component will reduce your score from 70 to 66.
By adding a year of work experience and receiving 11 points for 2-3 years of work experience, you can now become qualified. Your job experience points will rise from 9 to 11, giving you a total of 68 points.
You can also focus on a job offer from a Canadian employer, which can increase your score to 76 points with one year of work experience and provide you a 10-point boost.
Alternatively, you might include your spouse in your application and immigrate together. Your score will increase by 5 points, from 66 to 71 points, if you have CLB 4 or better competence in English or French.
It will also help if you or your spouse have studied or worked in Canada, or if either of you has a Canadian family.
All other variables will be eased and the procedure of qualifying under the FSWP will be simplified if you have a high language proficiency score and a Bachelor's degree. Of course, having a Master's degree or study experience in Canada, as well as having family in Canada, will allow you more leeway in terms of language proficiency.
The most important thing is to work wisely and strive to achieve the greatest possible score on one or two factors. Learning French can help you improve your FSWP grid score, qualify for the LMIA-exempt Francophone work visa, and even investigate no-work immigration possibilities through several Provincial Nomination Programs.
Working with an immigration attorney from the start can help you create a clear path to immigration to Canada with minimal disruption to your professional life. If you have the correct expert coaching, you can simply use your strengths and focus on ways to improve your score.
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