You can refer to the Express Entry draws page for a complete record of the minimum CRS cut-off score for each draw. If your CRS score is below the minimum cut-off scores of recent draws, you may want to take measures to increase the Express Entry points. Take advantage of the suggestions below for improving your CRS score!
When it comes to improving CRS scores, many people want to know the most efficient method of giving their score a boost. Most methods for increasing the CRS score can take significant time and effort, but there are a few ways to get more Express Entry points quickly. Find out more below.
Unless a candidate already has advanced scores on the IELTS, CELPIP, TEF, or TCF exam, improving the language test scores is often the best way to increase the CRS score. The principal applicant’s language proficiency affects the CRS in two important but distinct ways. In order to understand how retaking a language test improves a person’s ranking, first it is necessary to understand how language proficiency affects the CRS score.
Retaking a language test has the obvious effect of improving the CRS due to points awarded for language directly under Core/Human Capital Factors. However, if a candidate can improve their language scores to be consistent with the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 9, then they will be eligible for up to 100 additional combination points through Skill Transferability Factors. The exact amount depends on the person’s level of education and amount of work experience. For full details, consult Canadim’s breakdown of the Comprehensive Ranking System.
Express Entry candidates can take language proficiency tests as many times as they want. They are also able to replace old language results with new language results within an active Express Entry profile that has already been submitted to the pool. Please note that language test results must be less than 2 years old.
Express Entry candidates including their spouse or common-law partner on their Express Entry profile should be aware of how including a partner will affect their Express Entry points. If a person applies as a single applicant, without a partner, then all 1200 available CRS points are allocated for this person. However, if a person applies with an accompanying partner, then 40 points are reallocated to the spouse, with the remaining 1160 for the principal applicant. While 40 points may not seem like a significant amount, sometimes this can be the deciding factor in receiving an Invitation to Apply for Canadian immigration.
There are three possible ways that spousal factors may affect CRS score:
If language tests and/or spousal factors are insufficient to improve a person’s CRS score, there are some additional methods available, although they may take longer to achieve.
The tie-breaking rule was implemented in November, 2017, in order to better control the number of ITAs issued in each draw. If you meet, but do not exceed, the minimum CRS cut-off score for a given draw, you will only receive an ITA if you submitted your profile to the Express Entry pool before the date specified by the tie-breaking rule.
If an Express Entry candidate has performed as well as possible on language tests, claimed all points available for education and work experience, maximized spousal points, and still doesn’t have a competitive score, there are a few more challenging ways to improve the CRS score.
A valid job offer from a Canadian employer can get a candidate an additional 50 or 200 points, depending on the skill level of the job. Candidates can use Canadim’s job search tool to assist with finding an employer in Canada. The job offer must be valid. This means that it must be full time and non-seasonal, for at least one year and in a skilled job listed as skill level 0, A, or B under the National Occupational Classification (NOC). It must also be supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or be LMIA-exempt.
Note: Many cases of fraud have been reported regarding immigrants being asked to pay for a Canadian job offer. This is illegal in Canada and any job offers requesting payment from the applicant should be highly scrutinized.
If an Express Entry candidate receives a nomination from a province, they receive an additional 600 points on their Express Entry points. The majority of Canada’s provinces and territories operate Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams aligned with the Express Entry system. Obtaining a provincial nomination from a PNP stream aligned with Express Entry is often the surest way to boost your CRS score, but usually represents a significant undertaking. Each PNP stream has its own eligibility requirements and application procedure, and processing fees.
Completing additional educational credentials can result in an increase in the CRS score. While going back to school is a big investment, it is sometimes the best option for achieve a competitive score.
A candidate’s level of work experience impacts their CRS score. By gaining additional skilled work experience, a candidate may increase their CRS score. If a candidate gains Canadian work experience, they may also qualify for the Canadian Experience Class program. It should be noted that candidates gain different levels of CRS points depending on if the work experience was gained in Canada or outside of Canada.
Once a candidate reaches 3 years of full-time, skilled work experience completed outside Canada within the last 10 years they will receive the maximum number of CRS points available for foreign work experience. Once a candidate reaches 5 years of full-time, skilled work experience completed inside Canada within the last 10 years they will receive the maximum number of CRS points available for Canadian work experience.
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