Your language proficiency in English and/or French is one of the best ways to improve your CRS score. While most testing centres are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn’t mean you can’t be better prepared to take the test when the centres reopen. It might even be a chance to learn a new language like French, to really increase the points you receive for your Express Entry application.
Canadim clients receive free access to a paid IELTS training service that can better prepare you for the test and to provide you with a variety of resources to improve your score. There are also other paid and free services online, but these vary in quality.
Reference letters are required once the ITA has been issued but you will only have 60 days to provide them. These documents are not simple letters of recommendation but are more specific and must prove the work done was considered skilled labour. Ideally, you should be able to provide letters of reference for at least six years of skilled employment, in the last ten years.
The Canadim Team prepared an excellent resource on how to create the perfect reference letter for Canadian immigration so we won’t get into the specific here but know that they must include:
We recommend that you start working to obtain these letters before the ITA is issued in order to have them ready to submit when Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) request them.
Most identity documents requested by IRCC are fairly straight forward, but you might want to consider a few items mentioned below so you can have them ready to submit with your initial Express Entry application:
For items like police clearances, we recommend you wait until these are requested since most are easily obtained and can expire if obtained too long before they are requested.
Want to begin the Canadian immigration process but don’t know where to start? Canadim offers an easy-to-use Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) calculator, giving you an idea of the ranking score that would be assigned to your unique immigration profile in the Federal Express Entry pool. Keep in mind that with the tips listed above, you could easily boost your CRS score.
As the spread of COVID-19 continues, we encourage you to think about the future and do what you can to work towards your Canadian immigration goals today!
If you’re interested in learning more about your Canadian immigration options at this time, fill out our free assessment and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your next steps.
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