Do you want to immigrate to Canada on a Permanent residency visa, but concerned about the age factor?
Well, there are several cases, wherein people have obtained Canadian PR even after 40 years of age.
Hence, you don’t need to be disappointed, however, the thing that matters is how good your point score is at now based on education, work experience, language proficiency, etc. and what is the scope further improving the points.
The IRCC (Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada) or provincial governments follow a point-based selection system.
Under this system, all the candidates who have submitted their application for Canadian PR or provincial nomination obtain points on the basis of factors like, age, education, work experience, language proficiency, adaptability, etc.
If you score the minimum required points or more, then you’ll get an ITA or NOI in upcoming invitation rounds.
So, as I said in beginning, age is no bar, all you need is to meet the minimum score requirement in all the selection factors and you can easily get your ITA to apply for a Canadian PR visa even after 40 years of age.
Points Criteria of Canada’s Express Entry System
The express entry immigration system of Canada follows a point system that has two stages.
First, when you submit EOI (Expression of Interest) under Federal Skilled Worker Category (FSW) and later, when you get assessed based on CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System), i.e. when you cross the first stage and reach in EE pool.
- FSW points criteria
In the FSW points criteria, you have to obtain a minimum of 67 points out of 100 points based on six selection factors, i.e. age, education, work experience, language proficiency, etc. Let’s understand the age factor in the FSW points system.
- Age criteria
Maximum 12 points are awarded for age factor if you age between 18 to 35 years.
Every year as you go above 35 years, there is a reduction by 1 point, while as you reach 47 years of age, no points will be awarded to you.
For better understanding, you can refer the table drawn below:
Applying for Canada PR after 40 years
In order to apply for a Canadian PR visa once you reach 40 years of age, you must ensure that you score maximum points in other selection factors in Canada’s points table.
Find the table below:
6 Years & Above
|Maximum points = 15
|Maximum Points = 24
3 Years Diploma after 12th
3 Years Diploma after 10th
|Maximum Points = 25
|Maximum Points = 5
Express Entry CRS Points Criteria
When you succeed in 67 points criteria of FSW, you reach express entry pool, where you get point score based on CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System). The factors remain the same, i.e. age, education, experience, etc. for CRS point calculation as well.
IRCC launch a draw every 15 days to issue an invitation to apply Canada PR visa to the candidates with top CRS scores in express entry pool.
The current cut off or CRS score requirement from IRCC is around 470 points. However, even if your CRS Score is low, you can improve the same by following the methods as mentioned below.
As said earlier, if you age more than 40 years, then you should focus on improving your overall CRS Point score on the basis of the above-stated selection factors.
How to Improve Your CRS Score to Get Canada PR invitation?
The best ways via which you can improvise your score is earning extra/bonus points our applying in a PNP to get PNP nominations and consequently, get 600 additional CRS points based on the same.
There are several PNP (Provincial Nominee Programs) in Canada which accept the applicants with low point score and subsequently nominate them for Canada PR visa.
The nomination from a PNP makes you eligible to get 600 additional CRS points as mentioned above.
Bonus points you can earn for language proficiency in French (if you are already proficient in English as primary language), for spouse credentials or enhancing your points for primary language proficiency (English) as well.
Best Pathway to Apply for Canada PR
The Express Entry system and Provincial Nominee Program are the two best pathways via which you can easily apply for Canadian PR.
Both the program have easy-to-follow immigration process and lenient eligibility criteria.
Have a look at a few common eligibility requirements of both the programs:
- You must possess minimum 1 year, full-time, skilled work experience
- You must have proficiency in any one official languages of Canada, i.e. English or French
- Must meet basic admissibility requirement of Canada
- You need to provide ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) from an approved authority, i.e. WES.
So, if you focus upon other key factors and score minimum required points or above, then your age would be considered just a number and nothing more than that.
Lastly, if you want to enhance your point score and subsequently, obtain the Canadian PR visa, you may get in touch with Canada PR Avenue- the trusted Canada Immigration Consultant in India.
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