Immigration Options to Canada if You Are Over 45

Hundreds of thousands of prospective immigrants apply for Canadian immigration each year. The Canadian Government has implemented numerous programs to facilitate this demand and offer immigration opportunities for a wide variety of applicants. However, some of these programs give preference to younger applicants.

The good news is that there are still plenty of options for immigration to Canada after 45. Let’s examine each of these options and how prospective immigrants can get started.

You can boost your CRS experience by scoring well on your language proficiency test

Is It Difficult to Apply for Canadian Immigration After 45?

Canada’s immigration programs assess applicants in a variety of areas. This can include occupation, work experience, education level, language proficiency, and age. As an applicant, you can strive to gain more work experience, boost your education credentials, and work in an eligible occupation. However, you cannot change your age.

Your age can affect your chances of being selected from the pool of applicants under the Express Entry System. This is because the system relies on your “CRS score,” which is likely to be lower if you are past a certain age. The CRS points awarded to applicants based on their age are displayed in the following table.

Age

CRS Points for Applicants that have a spouse or a common-law partner CRS Points for Applicants without a spouse or a common-law partner

17 or younger

0

0

18

90

99

19

95 105
20 to 29 100

110

30

95 105

31

90 99

32

85

94

33

80

88

34

75 83
35 70

77

36

65 72
37 60

66

38

55

61

39 50

55

40

45 50
41 35

39

42

25 28
43 15

17

44

5

6

45 or older 0

0

As you can see, an applicant’s CRS score gets lower after the age of 29. Applicants who are 45 or older get 0 CRS points in this category, which puts them at a disadvantage compared to younger applicants.

Ways for Applicants Over 45 to Increase their CRS Score

Applicants over 45 that wish to apply for permanent residence through the Express Entry Program have many other ways to boost their CRS score. This includes:

Scoring Well on Language Proficiency Tests

You can add some extra points to your CRS score by performing well on a Canadian language proficiency test. The points for each language benchmark are shown in the following table:

Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level score for each ability

Applicants that have a spouse or a common-law partner

Applicants without a spouse or a common-law partner

Less than CLB 4

0

0

CLB 4 or 5

6

6

CLB 6

8

9

CLB 7

16

17

CLB 8

22

23

CLB 9

29

31

CLB 10 or more

32

34

Possessing Advanced Post-Secondary Education Degrees

You can also get a higher CRS score depending on your level of education. The following table describes the number of CRS points you can receive for each level of education.

Education Level

Applicants that have a spouse or a common-law partner

Applicants without a spouse or a common-law partner

High School or Less than secondary school

0

0

High school graduation

28

30

A one-year degree, or a diploma or certificate obtained from a university, college, technical or trade school, or any other similar institute

84

90

A two-year program studied at a university, college, technical or trade school, or another similar institute

91

98

A Bachelor’s degree OR a three or longer program at a university, college, technical or trade school, or another similar institute

112

120

Possessing two or more degrees, diplomas, or certificates. One of these must be awarded for a program that is three years or longer in length.

119

128

A Master’s degree, or a professional degree required to practice in a licensed occupation such as medicine or law.

126

135

A doctoral-level university degree or Ph.D.

140

150

Valid Job Offer

Applicants can receive a significant number of CRS points for Express Entry if they have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer. You can earn between 50 and 200 points in this category, depending on your NOC code.

NOC 00 jobs are rewarded 200 CRS points, while NOC 0, A, and B jobs are awarded 50 CRS points.

Applying Through Specific Streams

Applicants can also boost their chances of immigration to Canada after 50 by applying through one of the following streams.

Canadian Experience Class

Prospective immigrants can gain extra points in the Canadian Experience Class if they choose to study in Canada and then gain work experience with the help of a post-graduate work permit.

Business Immigration

Applicants above 40 can also apply for immigration using one of the many business immigration programs available. This includes:

These business immigration programs focus less on an applicant’s age, and more on their business experience and ability to contribute or invest in Canada’s economy. This makes it ideal for applicants over the age of 40 who possess extensive business experience or possess the funds to make a significant investment in the country.

How Elaar Immigration Can Help

Applicants over the age of 40 that require assistance with immigrating to Canada should get in touch with Elaar consulting. We can help applicants whether they want to gain additional CRS points by studying, working or immigrate to Canada through business immigration.

In addition to this, our immigration consultants can also help your spouse apply for a Spousal Open Work Permit and dependent visas for your children. This arrangement allows your family to come to Canada while you work towards achieving Canadian permanent residency.

Immigration to Canada after 50

Our immigration consultant team is headed by Keshav Sharma, a licensed immigration consultant and recruiter with extensive immigration and business management experience. He can use his expertise to guide you on business immigration matters and optimize your application as a mature immigration applicant. Please get in touch with Elaar Immigration Consulting and start this process today.

 

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