Is Canadian permanent residence decided solely on whether the government official can "tick all the boxes" that are publicly stated? (In US English, "put a check mark in all the boxes").
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/perm/econ/fsw/selection.asp says "If the applicant’s total score is equal to or greater than , the officer will (emphasis mine) make a positive selection decision". This suggests that the answer's yes, but that's what I need to check. (Of course, all the documents you supply also have to check out OK - e.g. police certificates with no criminal record and medical examination certificates showing good health. The link goes on to link to a page referring to these.)
To put my question in other words, if you tick all these boxes, is there still a significant chance of being denied once you've got your invitation to apply? For example, I'm currently unemployed (by choice, taking a break on savings), and want to know whether getting a job before I apply might help, even though it doesn't affect the publicly stated criteria. This is a practical decision I need to make soon. Do the officials make judgments of desirability like "someone who's been unemployed a while's undesirable"?
Naturally I'm not talking about extreme and rare cases like being on a terrorism watchlist, or Osama Bin Laden applying without having technically been convicted of a crime, so having a clean Afghani police certificate!
For other PR applicants who find this via Google, the 67 points are at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/apply-factors.asp