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How to Improve your CRS Score for Express Entry?

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April 6, 2020

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How to Improve your CRS Score for Express Entry

Have you been stuck with your CRS score to receive an invitation for Express Entry? Well, you’re not alone, a lot of us have been there!

And if you don’t know it already, Express Entry is an online system used by IRCC to manage permanent residence applications filed by skilled workers. It was introduced in 2015, where candidates are ranked against one another using a point-based system – Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), and the highest-ranking candidates are selected from the pool of candidates and are invited to apply for permanent residence.

Each of the invitations provides a set of instructions and if your score is lower than the cut-off score, you must consider improving your score, to be eligible for the Express Entry draws.

What Should I do to improve CRS score?

The following suggestions are the most-efficient ways of boosting your score quickly.

Re-take language test 


If you do not have a good score in your IELTS, CELPIP, TEF, or TCF exam, there’s a room for improvement since the maximum points a candidate can score is 136 points (applying without a spouse) and 128 points (applying with your spouse). You can re-take IELTS as many times and replace old ones with the new ones.

Include or Exclude your Spouse 

  • Spouse 

Depending on the circumstances, both including or not including your spouse can increase your points for express entry. In a situation where a person applies just for him/her, all 1200 points are allocated for the same person, however, if you apply with your partner, 40 points will be reallocated to the spouse and rest to the principal applicant.

It is suggested to include a spouse, if he/she has completed IELTS, or done the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for any post-secondary education, it would help increase the score of the principal applicant. But there are some reasonable grounds, where it is rather suggested to not include them initially and sponsor them later for permanent residence. To get an Expert Advice, please book a consultation in-person or an online video meeting.

In cases, where your spouse is a stronger candidate, you should consider having your spouse as the principal applicant, and if both of you are strong, you can create a profile listing one another as an accompanying spouse, and only one can submit the application for permanent residence.

A Job Offer

  • Job Offer

If you have a full-time or non-seasonal valid job offer for skill level 0, A or B in the National Occupation Classification from a Canadian employer for at least a year, you will be able to receive 50 points or if it is a NOC 00 level job, you may receive 200 points, which could further be supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or can be LMIA-exempt.

Receive a Provincial Nomination

  • Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program or PNP gives candidates an opportunity to add 600 points, which is aligned with the Express Entry System and each of the PNP streams has its own criteria for selection and procedure thereafter.  Provinces seek for candidates having specific work experience, and if you have a valid job offer, you may apply for PNP.

Get a higher education

  • Higher Education

Take higher education in Canada as completing an additional education may help you increase your CRS score. This will probably take some time, but it is worth it to achieve a higher score, and will also open pathways to apply for a permanent residence. Education can add up to 230 CRS points, which can be added by completing higher education or by getting Educational Credential Assessment for your existing education.

Get more Work Experience

  • Work Experience

If you can obtain additional work experience, and your duties match with the ones listed in the National Occupation Classification (NOC), you will be receiving points based on the time you have spent for your job. If you have Canadian work experience, you’d be eligible for the Canadian Experience class program as well.

These aren’t the only alternatives, there are various other ways to increase your CRS score, for which it is always best to take the advice from a Certified Immigration Consultant, who can guide you with the best approach for increasing your points, so you qualify to receive the next invitation.

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