One of Canada’s popular immigration pathways is through its Express Entry system. The system provides applicants the chance to be offered permanent residence in the country as long as the requirements are met.

Express Entry is an online system that the Federal Government of Canada uses to manage its intake of immigration applications from around the globe. Applicants will have to create an online profile where their eligibility for immigration will be assessed. Thereafter, they will be placed in a pool, each being assigned a score using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

The maximum CRS points for Express Entry is 1,200. A beneficial feature of the CRS is that applicant can improve their score while in the Express Entry pool, no new profile creation/application required.

How can you increase your CRS Score?

Every year, the competition between permanent residency applicants in Canada to make it to the top pool gets tougher and more challenging. So the big question is, how can you increase and improve your CRS score?

We’ve listed out some of the following factors that may help an applicant increase his/her CRS points:

Provincial Government Nomination

Provinces in Canada offer provincial nominee programs (PNP) which enable applicants to boost their CRS points. Application requirements for PNP vary per province and are different from the Express Entry profile. A successful applicant of the PNP will earn 600 points in the Express Entry.

Eligible Job Offer

Senior management positions are given 200 points. All other skilled positions are given 50 points.

To be valid, the job offer must be: (a) for a full-time position; (b) in a skilled job listed as Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B currently based on the 2011 National Occupation Classification (NOC) (this will change to the new TEER system effective November 16, 2022); (c) supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment, or exempt from needing one; (d) for one year from the time you become a permanent resident.

Education in a Designated Learning Institution in Canada

For education earned outside Canada, an applicant can secure between 30 to 150 points for education attained from Secondary (High) School, or a Doctoral Level University Degree (Ph.D.).

For education earned within Canada, an applicant can secure between 15 to 30 points for finishing a one or two-year diploma or certificate, or a degree, diploma or certificate of at least three years, Master’s, professional or doctoral.

Work Experience outside and within Canada

Foreign work experience of one year or more can secure an applicant at least 25 points. On the other hand, Canadian work experience of one year or more can secure an applicant at least 65 points. The more extensive your work experience is, the higher the points that you can get. Keep in mind that only skilled work in Canada based on NOC will be considered.

French Language Skills

In addition to English language test results, French language test results can secure an applicant at least 25 additional points for language proficiency.

Sibling in Canada

An applicant with a sibling in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident can secure 15 points in the CRS.

Spouse/Partner Contribution

Spouse or Common-law partner coming with the applicant to Canada with a high education and vast work experience can earn an applicant at least 20 points or higher.

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