Federal skilled workers selection criteria: Adaptability

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Pursuant to section R83, officers should assess the application and award the applicant up to a maximum of 10 points for adaptability as follows:

Awarding points: applications received before May 4, 2013

Adaptability criteria Points

a) Educational credentials of the accompanying spouse or common-law partner:

Evaluate credentials as if the spouse or common-law partner were the principal applicant  then award points as follows:

  • Where the award under R78 would be 25 points – five points
  • Where the award under R78 would be 20 or 22 points – four points
  • Where the award under R78 would be 12 or 15 points – three points
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b) Previous study in Canada:

  • Award five points if the applicant or accompanying spouse or common-law partner completed a program of full-time study of at least two years’ duration at a post-secondary institution in Canada, if this occurred after the age of seventeen and with valid study permits.

(The person is not required to have obtained an educational credential to earn the points, but must have completed a program of full-time study of at least two years’ duration.)

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c) Previous work in Canada:

  • Award five points for a minimum of one year of full-time work in Canada on a valid work permit for an applicant or accompanying spouse or common-law partner.
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d) Relatives in Canada:

  • Award five points if the applicant or accompanying spouse or common-law partner has a relative (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, child of a parent, child of a grandparent, or grandchild of a parent) who is residing in Canada and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
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e) Arranged employment:

  • Award five points if the applicant has earned points under the Arranged Employment in Canada factor (Factor 5) (R76(1)(a)).
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Awarding points: applications received on or after May 4, 2013

Adaptability criteria Points

R83(1)(a): Language proficiency (accompanying spouse or common-law partner)

  • Award five points if the accompanying spouse or common-law partner, other than a permanent resident residing in Canada or a Canadian citizen, has a level of proficiency in either official language at CLB 4 level or higher in all four language skill areas (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

To be eligible for points, the principal applicant must provide original language test results for their accompanying spouse or common-law partner from a designated testing agency that are no more than two years old at the time of application to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) or when the candidate creates their profile in Express Entry and when their electronic application for permanent residence is submitted.

CLB 4 test results for each designated testing agency are as follows:

  • CELPIP = 2H for each language ability

  • IELTS = 4.0 (Speaking), 4.5 (Listening), 3.5 (Reading), 4.0 (Writing)

  • TEF = 181 (Speaking – expression orale), 145 (Listening – compréhension orale), 121 (Reading – compréhension écrite), 181 (Writing – expression écrite)

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R83(1)(b): Previous study in Canada (principal applicant)

  • Award five points if the principal applicant completed at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program of at least two years in duration) at a secondary or post-secondary institution in Canada.

To be eligible for points, the principal applicant must have remained in good academic standing (as defined by the institution) during the period of full-time study in Canada. The applicant does not need to obtain an educational credential for completing a program in Canada; they simply must have completed at least two years of study in a program of at least two years in duration.

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R83(1)(b.1): Previous study in Canada (accompanying spouse or common-law partner)

  • Award five points if the accompanying spouse or common-law partner, other than a permanent resident residing in Canada or a Canadian citizen, completed at least two academic years of full-time study (in a program of at least two years in duration) at a secondary or post-secondary institution in Canada.

To be eligible for points, the accompanying spouse or common-law partner must have remained in good academic standing (as defined by the institution) during the period of full-time study in Canada. The spouse or common-law partner is not required to have obtained an educational credential for completing a program in Canada; they simply must have completed at least two years of study in a program of at least two years in duration.

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R83(1)(c): Previous work in Canada (principal applicant)

  • Award ten points if the principal applicant completed at least one year of full-time work in Canada authorized under a work permit or under R186 in an occupation that is listed in Skill Type 0 (Managerial occupations), Skill Level A (Professional occupations) or B (Technical occupations and skilled trades) of the NOC.
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R83(1)(c.1): Previous work in Canada (accompanying spouse or common-law partner)

  • Award five points if the accompanying spouse or common-law partner, other than a Canadian citizen or permanent resident residing in Canada, completed at least one year of full-time work in Canada authorized under a work permit or under R186.
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R83(1)(d): Relatives in Canada

  • Award five points if the principal applicant or accompanying spouse or common-law partner has a relative (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling, aunt/uncle, or niece/nephew) who is 18 years of age or older as of the date of application and who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident residing in Canada.

Note: Points for relatives in Canada may be awarded only once – either to the principal applicant or the accompanying spouse or common-law partner, but not to both.

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R83(1)(e): Arranged employment (principal applicant only)

  • Award five points if the principal applicant has been awarded points for arranged employment in Canada under R82(2).
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Points can only be awarded for each adaptability item once. The maximum number of points for this section is 10.

These requirements and criteria must be met at the time the application is made, as well as at the time the visa is issued [R77]. Therefore:

  • if an applicant’s spouse or common-law partner is no longer accompanying them, then any points that they may have received for their adaptability cannot be counted;
  • if an applicant adds a spouse or common-law partner to their application between application and assessment, and submits the necessary documentation, points must be counted, if applicable, for that person under the adaptability criteria;
  • if the applicant or their spouse or common-law partner completes further study, works in Canada, arranges employment in Canada, or gains relatives in Canada between application and assessment, and submits the necessary documentation, points must be awarded accordingly.
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