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How To Improve Your CRS Score In 8 Simple Steps

Candidates who are eligible to apply for Express Entry will be evaluated by a score under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Although there are some things that you can not control, there are some ways to improve your CRS score so that you will be ranked higher for the Express Entry Pool.

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Let’s Improve Your Score!

1. Language: Did you know that language ability is worth up to 260 CRS points in total for a single candidate? French and English are Canada’s official languages so take a french class and learn both to gain more points. Extra points are accumulated for each improvement in test results across the four language abilities (speaking, listening, reading, writing), but the magic threshold is when a candidate achieves a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 9 in each ability.  If you ever studied French at school, or otherwise have a decent knowledge of the language, it may be wise to consider preparing to take the Test d’évaluation du français (TEF).

2. Work: Although Canadian work experience is more valued than non-Canadian work experience, if you have less than three years of full-time experience, keep working! The goal of remaining in employment is even more acute for candidates currently working in Canada on a work permit because more points are available for this work and it is rewarded for each annual threshold up to five years. Just make sure that if you are working in Canada, you maintain legal work status the entire time.

3. Study: Come study in Canada before applying for Express Entry! Having Canadian study experience can significantly increase your score.

4. Education: If you have two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees you may be able to claim extra points under the education section. Furthermore, completing an additional level of education can also be beneficial. Some candidates are only a few courses or months away from completing a degree, diploma or certificate that, when assessed, would help to improve their ranking under the CRS.

5. Spouse: Candidates with a spouse, however, may have additional potential for improving their CRS score because the spouses level of education, language ability, and Canadian work experience may all be rewarded.  You can add up to 20 points to your CRS through your partner’s first language scores. You can add up to 10 points to your CRS score by getting ECA done for your partner’s education.

6. Provincial Nominee Programs: If you want a 600-point boost to your CRS score, plus the knowledge that you are being welcomed with open arms into your chosen destination province, it’s time to learn about the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). A nomination from one of the provinces under Express Entry Provincial Nominee Programs adds 600 additional points to your overall CRS and in most cases will secure you an ITA in the next draw. It’s important to display your full education and work record, stay up to date on Canadian immigration news, and have all your documents ready and reviewed in preparation to make an application promptly. PNP categories often open and close quickly, sometimes within days or even hours.

7. Job Offer: While the relative value of a qualifying job offer 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. If you are not currently in Canada, obtaining a job offer can be difficult, but there are plenty of online resources where you may find employment opportunities.

8. Getting Help: Do you need assistance in preparing an application for Canadian permanent residence? If so, view our Book an Immigration Consultant page to book a consultation with some of the best immigration lawyers in Canada.

 

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10 thoughts on “How To Improve Your CRS Score In 8 Simple Steps

  1. Tajudin

    First of all I would like to say thank you for your invaluable information. My name is tajudin ahmed. I’m from addis ababa,ethiopia. I have BA degree in economics,and have more than 7 years experience in sales and marketing. I take ielts taste and have overall band score 5. I also have relative in canada(manitoba). We are first cousin,she wants to sponsor me. But when I try to fill application through come to canada tool it says you are not eligible. Pls any one who can help me to get there.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Tajudin,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! It is possible that you are not eligible to immigrate under family class sponsorship as cousins are not typically considered eligible relatives to sponsor. However, with your experience you may qualify to immigrate through a different pathway, such as Express Entry. We would be happy to help guide you through this process.
      Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  2. kalden

    In need a job

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Kalden,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! While we are not a job placement company, we would be happy to assist you with any immigration or visa questions you may have. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  3. sohaib ahmad

    Hi , i am sohaib ahmad from kashmir , pakistan . I am working in Durban , South africa as IT SUPPORT TECHNICIAN .
    I want to live and work in Canada .
    what are my chances to get work permit and how long it will take and all costings please?
    Thanks in anticiaption.

    kindwords80@gmail.com

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Sohaib,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! With your work experience you may be eligible to immigrate to Canada and work through the Express Entry program. We would need to take a closer look at your case to help determine your eligibility. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  4. Husnain Yousaf

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    I have work experience as a Geologist in oil and gas sector, Can I apply for immigration via ( occupation in-demand) NOC 2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians. My partner has completed her BS Zoology and has 1.5 year of teaching experience, Could she eligible for NOC 2121 Biologist and related scientists. Looking forward for your prompt response.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Husnain,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! With your work experience, you and your wife may be eligible to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  5. Juan Antonio Gutierrez

    I will like to have more information to get fast move to Canada, Hope someone can help me ,have no criminal record ,EPA certified HVAC .4years of college ,not graduate! Certified Paintor for Mhatewes Paint Co. working to get my Jorneiment Electrician Licence ,last step. Thanks I really appreciate help if is posible,Thanks again

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Juan,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! With your experience you may qualify to move to Canada to work. We would have to take a closer look at your case to determine your eligibility. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply

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