Federal skilled workers selection criteria: Age

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 R81, officers should award the applicant points for their age on the date their application is received at the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) or submitted through Express Entry, as follows:

Awarding points: applications received before May 4, 2013

Age Points
21 to 49 years of age 10
20 or 50 years of age 8
19 or 51 years of age 6
18 or 52 years of age 4
17 or 53 years of age 2
Less than 17 or greater than 53 years of age 0

Awarding points: applications received on or after May 4, 2013

Age Points
18 to 35 years of age 12
36 years of age 11
37 years of age 10
38 years of age 9
39 years of age 8
40 years of age 7
41 years of age 6
42 years of age 5
43 years of age 4
44 years of age 3
45 years of age 2
46 years of age 1
Under 18 years of age or 47 years of age or older 0

Note: When an applicant has a birthday after they receive an Invitation to Apply but before they submit their electronic application for permanent residence, officers should consider applying the public policy to exempt applicants for permanent residence from certain age-based requirements between Invitation to Apply and application if the applicant may be refused on federal skilled workers class (FSWC) requirements.

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