What is the Best Level of Education for Canada Express Entry?

Canada Express Entry Education Eligibility

Canada’s Express Entry program is designed to bring in skilled immigrants from all over the world.

A unique point-based system called the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is used to determine eligibility.

The program is designed in a way that only potential immigrants who are likely to succeed economically in Canada are selected.

For this reason, every level of education has its own points which plays a huge role in an applicant’s overall eligibility score.

Recently, we received an inquiry from one of our readers asking us what the best level for Canada’s Express Entry program is. In as much as we responded directly to him, we have decided to put this up here for others who may have been asking themselves the same question.

Canada is very interested in highly educated immigrants. For this reason, well educated immigrants that do not have a spouse or common-law partner can get as many as 150 points while candidates who intend to immigrate to Canada with a spouse or common-law partner can be awarded up to 140 points.

Canada Express Entry Education Eligibility

Express Entry Education Points Grid (no spouse):

  • Less than high school (secondary school) – 0 points
  • High school diploma (secondary school graduation) – 30 points
  • 1-year diploma from college, university, technical or trade school – 90 points
  • 2-year diploma from college, university, technical or trade school – 98 points
  • Bachelor’s degree or 3-year diploma from college, university, technical or trade school – 120 points
  • More than one degree, certificate or diploma (one must be for a 3-year or longer program) – 128 points
  • Master’s degree – 135 points
  • Professional degree in dentistry, medicine, law, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine or chiropractic medicine – 135 points
  • Doctorate (PhD) – 150 points

Express Entry Education Points Grid (with a spouse):

  • Less than high school (secondary school) – 0 points
  • High school diploma (secondary school graduation) – 28 points
  • 1-year diploma from college, university, technical or trade school – 84 points
  • 2-year diploma from college, university, technical or trade school – 91 points
  • Bachelor’s degree or 3-year diploma from college, university, technical or trade school – 112 points
  • More than one degree, certificate or diploma (one must be for a 3-year or longer program) – 119 points
  • Master’s degree – 126 points
  • Professional degree in dentistry, medicine, law, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine or chiropractic medicine – 126 points
  • Doctorate (PhD) – 140 points

Can you find your level of education above? If Yes, then you’re eligible for the Canada Express Entry program.

If your level of education is less than high school then your chances are very slim as you will be awarded no points.

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