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AUGUST 27, 2002

IMMIGRATION TODAY

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FOR IMPORTANT TIPS ON EDUCATION FACTOR, PLEASE SEE PARA C BELOW

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EDUCATION - AN IMPORTANT FACTOR FOR YOUR IMMIGRATION

To better understand Education factor, starting from the pre-publishing stage, we are
giving below a summary of provisions governing this factor that play an important
role in the selection criteria of applicants under Skilled Worker Class.

We are also providing important tips on Education Factor that will be useful for the
prospective immigrants.

Please feel free to contact us for any clarification.

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A. As pre-published in the Canada Gazette on December 15, 2001:

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Education: 25 points

The stakeholder consultations consistently highlighted the importance for Canada of
immigration by skilled trades people and encouraged the department not to overweigh
advanced professional education. Consequently, maximum points for a diploma, trade
certificate or formal apprenticeship will be raised from 13 to 22, depending on the
number of years of education or training. The maximum of 22 points allocated for a
three-year skilled trades credential is equivalent to that allocated for two
bachelor's degrees in recognition of the value attached to this type of credential.
In addition, the maximum number of points available for education has increased from
16 to 25, recognizing the considerable value that the modern Canadian labour market
assigns to education.

Another change to the Education factor is the manner in which points will be
allocated for each credential level. The applicant is allocated points for education
on the basis of having both a credential (such as a diploma, degree, or
apprenticeship certificate) and a minimum number of years of education and formal
training. For example, for a Master's degree, an applicant must also have completed a
total of at least 17 years of full-time or full-time equivalent studies. Given the
range of educational and formal training systems around the world, this mechanism
will serve to promote consistent standards in the assessment of education and
training while still placing emphasis on the essentials . a credential as well as
relevant minimum levels of education and formal training.

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B. Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations published in the Canada Gazette on
June 11, 2002:

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73. The definitions in this section apply in this Division.

"Educational credential" means any diploma, degree or trade or apprenticeship
credential issued on the completion of a program of study or training at an
educational or training institution recognized by the authorities responsible for
registering, accrediting, supervising and regulating such institutions in the
country of issue.

73. (1) The definitions in this subsection apply in this section.

"Full-time" means, in relation to a program of study leading to an educational
credential, at least 15 hours of instruction per week during the academic year,
including any period of training in the workplace that forms part of the course of
instruction.

"full-time equivalent" means, in respect of part-time or accelerated studies, the
period that would have been required to complete those studies on a full-time basis.

(74) A maximum of 25 points shall be awarded for a skilled worker's education
as follows:

(a) 5 points for a secondary school educational credential;

(b) 12 points for a one-year post-secondary educational credential, other than a
university educational credential, and a total of at least 12 years of completed
full-time or full-time equivalent studies;

(c) 15 points for

(d) a one-year post-secondary educational credential, other than a university
educational credential, and a total of at least 13 years of completed full-time
or full-time equivalent studies, or

(e) a one-year university educational credential at the bachelor's level and a total
of at least 13 years of completed full-time or full-time equivalent studies;

(f) 20 points for

(g) a two-year post-secondary educational credential, other than a university
educational credential, and a total of at least 14 years of completed full-time
or full-time equivalent studies, or

(h) a two-year university educational credential at the bachelor's level and a total
of at least 14 years of completed full-time or full-time equivalent studies;

(i) 22 points for

(j) a three-year post-secondary educational credential, other than a university
educational credential, and a total of at least 15 years of completed full-time
or full-time equivalent studies, or

(k) two or more university educational credentials at the bachelor's level and a
total of at least 15 years of completed full-time or full-time equivalent
studies; and

(l) 25 points for a university educational credential at the master's or doctoral
level and a total of at least 17 years of completed full-time or full-time
equivalent studies.

(3) For the purposes of subsection (2), points

(a) shall not be awarded cumulatively on the basis of more than one single
educational credential; and

(b) shall be awarded

(c) for the purposes of paragraphs (2)(a) to (d), subparagraph
(2)(e)(i) and paragraph (2)(f), on the basis of the single educational credential
that results in the highest number of points, and

(ii) for the purposes of subparagraph (2)(e)(ii), on the basis of the combined
educational credentials referred to in that paragraph.

73. (2) For the purposes of subsection (2), if a skilled worker has an educational
credential referred to in paragraph (2)(b), subparagraph
(2)(e)(j) or (ii), (d)(i) or (ii) or (e)(i) or (ii) or paragraph
(2)(f), but not the total number of years of full-time or full-time equivalent
studies required by that paragraph or subparagraph, the skilled worker shall be
awarded the same number of points as the number of years of completed full-time
or full-time equivalent studies set out in the paragraph or sub-paragraph.

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C. Important Tips on Education Factor:

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1. The assessment of programs of study and the points to be awarded in such programs
are to be based on the standard of education in the country of study of the
applicant. It is not to be compared to the Canadian education standards.

2. If the applicant has Master's Degree from a country and the total number of years
of full-time or full-time equivalent study is less than 17 years (say 16 years)
than he/she will be awarded 22 points.

3. If the applicant has Bachelor's Degree from a country and the total number of
years of full-time or full-time equivalent study is more than 14 years (say 15 or
16 years) than he/she will be awarded 20 points.

4. If during processing of application (between filing of application and the final
assessment) further study is completed, the applicant will be awarded points
according to the completed study.

5. If the spouse or common-law partner, as the case may be, is not
accompanying applicant, any points awarded under Adaptability Factor
(education, previous study in Canada, previous work in Canada or relative
in Canada) will not be counted.

6. If a spouse or common-law partner, as the case may be, is included during the
processing of application (between filing of application and the final
assessment), any points under Adaptability Factor (education, previous study in
Canada, previous work in Canada or relative in Canada) will be awarded where
applicable.

7. If the applicant or spouse or common-law partner, as the case may be, complete
further study or works in Canada or has arranged employment in Canada or has
relative in Canada during the processing of application (between filing of
application and the final assessment), he/she will be awarded points for that
accordingly.

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