Canada’s Express Entry immigration system is highly competitive. Only those with the highest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores are asked to apply for permanent residency. If you’ve submitted your Express Entry profile and your CRS score is lower than you’d like, you have options for improving it. This blog will go over the best techniques to improve your CRS score.
There are two main components to improving your CRS score and increasing your chances of entering Canada. The first thing you should do is hunt for strategies to boost your Express Entry profile’s points. The second option is to plan ahead of time for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) or a Provincial Nomination.
Let’s look at the key human capital aspects and how they can be enhanced for a higher overall score:
1. Improve your language skills.
Language is a category where you can consistently improve your score. This is due to the fact that having language skills over the minimal requirement may get you points. For example, the Federal Skilled Worker program requires only CLB 7 (all skills), however increasing the score for each ability up to CLB 10 can result in more points.
Language is particularly significant because it is worth points in a variety of CRS sections:
- In terms of human capital factors;
- Can be accounted for as spousal factors (if one is married or in a common-law partnership)
- To ensure skill transferability
- Or within the context of various additional elements
2. Education Bonus Points
On the CRS points calculator, you can receive up to 200 CRS points if you studied entirely outside of Canada, and up to 250 points if you have a post-secondary diploma from Canada. Gaining more qualifications, such as completing another degree or obtaining further Educational Credential Assessments (ECAs) for present degrees, may assist you in improving your original education score.
An ECA is required if you want to receive CRS points for schooling completed outside of Canada. For applicants educated outside of Canada, only one ECA is required of the lead application in order to enter the Federal Skilled Worker Class pool.
Making your spouse a principal candidate if he or she has more educational degrees is another approach to boost your CRS score in the Education area.
3. Improve your work experience
To raise a candidate’s CRS score, further work experience or better documentation of current employment experience may be required. Some people with seemingly unskilled job titles may have really accomplished tasks that are recognized as skilled under Canada’s National Occupation Classification, or NOC.
Aside from your work title, comparing the actions you did to those listed in the NOC’s numerous occupations will help you determine whether your labour is skilled or unskilled. As a result, you may be able to claim points that you would not have been able to claim otherwise.
After you’ve determined the suitable NOC for your work experience, the following step is to determine how much time you spend at each position. Points are awarded for full-time or equivalent part-time employment experience. Candidates must have at least one year of continuous, skilled job experience to be considered for the Federal Skilled Worker Class. However, even non-continuous work experience can be used to obtain CRS points.
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4. Employment Arrangements
Candidates with a real job offer may receive an additional 50 or 200 points toward their CRS score, depending on the position.
Candidates with a real job offer in a NOC 0, A, or B occupation can earn an additional 50 points toward their CRS score. Candidates with a valid job offer in one of the Major Group 00 Senior Management Occupations may be entitled for an additional 200 points under the CRS. A job offer must be in writing and include the work conditions, including pay/deductions, job duties, and employment circumstances, according to the IRCC.
5. Submit an application for a provincial nomination.
It is recommended that everyone in the Express Entry pool, regardless of CRS score, plan ahead of time for an ITA or provincial nomination in order to apply for Canada PR.
Even if your CRS score is only 299, a provincial nomination might increase your score by 600 points, ensuring you an ITA in the next Express Entry invitation round. Candidates have only 60 days after receiving an ITA to complete their application, with some PNPs allowing even less time. You’ll be ready to travel as soon as you’re invited if you prepare your documents ahead of time.
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