Since the introduction of occupation-specific Express Entry draws, the cut-off score for all-program draws increased above 500 and has remained high. This trend is likely to continue as Canada seeks to attract more highly skilled workers to fill labour market gaps. For candidates with lower scores, exploring possible ways to increase their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in Express Entry may be beneficial. Seeking the advice of a qualified immigration consultant can also help navigate the Express Entry system and maximize their chances of success.
How can you increase your CRS score in the Express Entry system?
The CRS is a point-based system the Canadian Government uses to evaluate and select skilled foreign workers who wish to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system. The CRS score is determined by considering several factors, including age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and adaptability. There are several ways to increase your CRS score in the Express Entry system. Here are the most helpful ways to help you increase your scores:
Improving Language Proficiency in the First Official Language
One way to increase your score is to improve your language proficiency in English and/or French. This can be achieved by taking language tests such as IELTS, CELPIP, TEF or TCF Canada. A better language score can substantially increase your CRS score and enhance your likelihood of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The difference between CLB levels 7 and 8 is 6 points per skill; the difference between CLB levels 8 and 9 is 7 points per skill (8 points for singles); the difference between CLB levels 9 and 10 is 3 points per skill.
Learning the Second Official Language
If your first official language is English, we advise learning French to the CLB level 7. CLB 5 or 6 will give only 1 point per skill; CLB 7 or 8 will give 3 points per skill, and CLB 9 will give you 6 points per skill (but only 22 in total for married applicants). Yet, the significance of CLB level 7 is 50 bonus points for bilingualism! If your first official language is French, your task to get 50 bonus points for bilingualism is even easier as it will be enough to score CLB level 5 in English to get them.
Language proficiency of spouses
Are you aware that if your spouse has achieved a CLB level 9 in English or French, it can earn you up to 20 additional points for your profile? For CLB levels 5-6 in every skill your spouse can bring 1 point; for CLB levels 7-8 in every skill your spouse can bring 3 points; and for CLB level 9 in every skill your spouse can bring 5 points.
Higher education degrees
Obtaining higher education degrees or diplomas is another way to increase your CRS score. The Canadian Government values education and gives additional points to candidates who have completed post-secondary education. In addition to more points for a higher degree, if you increase your education from Bachelor to Master or obtain an additional diploma, this may also increase your points for transferability factors!
Studying in Canada
To boost your chances of becoming a permanent resident of Canada, you can also consider applying to a program at a Canadian university or college. You can stay on a Post-Graduate Work Permit for up to three years after graduation and gain additional points toward your Express Entry profile. Programs of study that last fewer than two years can grant you a bonus of 15 points, while a program lasting more than two years or a master’s degree program can earn you 30 additional points.
Having more work experience, particularly in skilled jobs, can also enhance your CRS score. The Canadian Government gives more points to candidates with more work experience, especially if it is in a skilled occupation. It is important to note that the work experience must be an occupation under the Training, Education, Experience & Responsibility (TEER) 0, 1, 2, or 3 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Canadian job offer
Obtaining a job offer from a Canadian employer is another way to increase your CRS score. If you have received a job offer from a Canadian employer, backed by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), you can earn an additional 50 points to your profile in the Express Entry system. And if you are a top-level manager, your job offer can earn you up to 200 points.
Obtaining a provincial nomination
Finally, obtaining a provincial nomination through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) can also increase your CRS score. Each Canadian province and territory has its own PNP, which selects candidates who meet specific criteria and have the skills and experience needed in that province or territory. A provincial nomination can earn you an additional 600 CRS points.
Contact Schindler Visa Services for more information
These factors are just a few that can potentially increase your CRS score. It may be helpful to consult with a licensed immigration professional to determine the best strategy for your case. Schindler Visa Services can review your qualifications and suggest the best ways to increase your CRS score and improve your chances of being selected for permanent residency in Canada. Do not hesitate to book an appointment to learn more about immigration to Canada.
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