Improve Your CRS Score for Express Entry

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is criteria used by the Express Entry system of the Canadian government to check the score of the candidates who apply for Canada immigration. The candidates with the CRS score higher than the cut-off score gets the invitation to apply. If you have submitted your Express Entry profile, you have known your CRS score already and you sit back and wait for the draw to happen. But this is not the approach one should go for. CRS is a dynamic system and your score can be improved for the better chances to reach the cut-off score or remain is a safe zone. You may check out the following points on how to improve the scores.

Checklist: Ensure that you have claimed all the points you are eligible for.

There are various criteria that you have to fulfill in order to gain a higher CRS score. After all the mandatory details furnishing, you get the final score. Yet you have to ensure that there are certain details that you might be eligible for and you can get extra points for them. Such criteria are mentioned below that may help you improvise your score to achieve the required target.

  • Sibling in Canada
  • Do you, or your spouse/common-law partner, have a brother or sister living in Canada as a citizen or permanent resident? This relationship can be through blood, adoption, marriage, or common-law partnership. If so, mention the same in the application and your CRS score may increase by 15 points.
  • Education
  • This part is mainly for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) candidates. Unlike Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) candidates, CEC and FSTC candidates do not have to provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) or Canadian credential upon entry to the pool. Education is worth 150 points and up to 50 points more in combination with Canadian work experience and/or language ability.
  • Also, note that the Express Entry awards point for education regardless of the area of study and it relates your current work experience(s).
  • Second Language
  • Points can be claimed for both English and French under CRS. If you are capable of both languages, make sure that you take approved language test both in English and French to get as many points as possible. In addition to that, there are bonus points available to bilingual candidates and certain PNP streams that are only open to French-speakers.
  • Work Experience
  • Ensure that all the required work experience is included and mentioned and the documented proofs are ready to produce when asked upon. Each considerable work experience makes difference and if a certain NOC Code falls under the demand list of a province, you may get a nomination from the province as well after making a required application. Nomination from certain province helps you gain 600 points which confirm your position for ITA incoming draw.

Once you have ensured that you have claimed all the points you are eligible for, concentrate upon improving the score further. The below-given points may help you with the same:

Short-term ways to improve score:

  • Retake your language test:

If you haven’t maximized your language test scores, then this option could be used as a key to improving the score. The language ability is worth up to 260 points for a single candidate and 270 points for a couple.

If a candidate improvises in language ability test in various abilities like Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking, extra points can be accumulated. One needs to achieve Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 9 in each to gain maximum points that can be achieved by scoring 8 bands in listening, and 7 in Speaking, Reading and Writing in IELTS test. To reach CLB 9 on the CELPIP general exam, you must achieve a minimum score of 9 in each of the four abilities.

Skill transferability can result in a maximum of 100 points, so one should try to achieve as much as possible.

Long-term ways to improve score:

  • Gain more work experience:

If you are working outside Canada, but have less than three years of full-time experience, you should continue working in order to gain more work experience.

For the candidates working within Canada, ensure that you keep working. Maintain the legal status of the work whole time as the work experience in Canada gives you more points.

As long as you indicate in express entry profile that your work experience is ongoing, your CRS score will automatically update when you reach a new level of work experience.

  • Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs):

IRCC is gradually giving additional allocations to the provinces for the PNPs and provinces are looking to the EE pool in order to invite the applicants under this program. By learning more about PNPs and ensuring the application to one or more provinces and gaining nomination from a province gains you 600 CRS points. Gaining these much points will confirm the ITA under the Express Entry pool.

  • Complete another educational program:

Pursuing higher education helps straight away to improve your CRS score. Education does not only increase points for the education part but also helps you to gain points for skill transferability factor. One can gain maximum 100 points for skill transferability and to maximize the points in this section, you must complete the two or more post-secondary credentials, and at least one of them is three-year or longer program.

  • Get a Canadian job offer:

In order to claim points for a job offer through Express Entry, the job offer must meet a strict set of conditions.

While the value of a qualifying job offer with respect to your CRS score is not as great as it once was — in most cases, down to 50 CRS points from a previous value of 600 points — obtaining a job offer remains an important factor.

Obtaining such an offer, particularly if you are not currently in Canada, may seem difficult, but there are ways to get a job offer with help of internet and telecommunication that may increase your chances of success.

Improving partner’s score:

  • If you plan to go with your spouse or common-law partner, his/her language ability is worth up to 20 points, while education and Canadian work experience are worth up to 10 points each. Hence, a total of 40 points is available considering these factors.
  • If a single applicant applies, these 40 points are redistributed into the factors of the applicant’s profile, so the applicant does not miss 40 points.

There is an additional tip for a couple applying. If a husband and wife do not have Canadian work experience and holds the same result in English language ability, but husband works in bigger company with better position and while wife is working with small firm in simple job, husband has graduated from a reputed university while wife has completed education from a small college, people usually consider husband to be a better choice for principal applicant. But considering the IRCC’s criteria of education and skilled jobs, it is not always true. To explain the scenario better, imagine that wife’s age is 29 and husband age is 35, the wife will get full points for age in the human capital factor that is worth 100 points. Hence, the wife becomes a better choice for the principal applicant. Hence, selecting the principal applicant is necessary considering the other factors.

You may use the mentioned tactics and improve your score to make the chances of scoring above the cut-off and get the ITA. All the best!


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