The presentation of your Express Entry profile is extremely important and individuals can earn additional points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) by concentrating efforts on a number of key areas for improvement.
1. Language Skills
Language is such a valuable factor in CRS and can be worth up to 290 CRS points. You can improve your language points by retaking the English or French language tests until you land an improved score.
For a Federal Skilled Worker candidate to enter the Express Entry pool, a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 is required in each language ability — reading, writing, speaking and listening.
The following table shows how language in combination with another factor (in this case education) can be worth up to 50 points.
||CRS points earned
|Post-secondary program credential of one or more years + first language CLB 7 or more in all abilities (at least one ability needs to be less than CLB 9)
|Post-secondary program credential of one or more years + first language CLB 9 or more in all abilities
|Two or more post-secondary program credentials (one at least 3 years) + CLB 7 or more in all abilities for first language (at least one ability needs to be less than CLB 9)
|Two or more post-secondary program credentials (one at least 3 years) + CLB 9 or more in all abilities for first language
Education can count up to 230 CRS points and can be improved by adding an additional qualification (for example, a degree) or adding Educational Credential Assessments (ECAs) to an existing degree.
Education can also be added to your degree and counts towards your ECA. For improved education points they need to be ‘proved’ via an updated ECA before additional qualifications can be included and recognized.
3. Check the Lead Applicant
In some cases the lead applicant may not be who you initially think in a family unit and it may well be worth checking if your spouse or partner has a better overall score.
4. Work Experience
Gathering additional work experience and documenting your current work experience can help increase a candidates CRS score.
Collecting information about your past and current work experience, as well as your spouse / partner’s qualifications and qualifications, can help you not only to determine whether your work is qualified or unskilled, but also to determine whether you appear qualified in your job title.
5. Job Offer
The IRCC says job offers must be in writing and specify workplace requirements, including hours, hours and number of hours per week, and other details. A – B CRS scores can earn up to 50 additional points for an “A” or “B – Level” C RS score. Executives can also earn 200 points for a CRS, and candidates with a valid job offer can earn between 50 and 200 additional points depending on the position.
6. Provincial Nomination
The Canadian Provincial Nominee Program, better known as PNP, requires that work experience be documented as accurately as possible. Candidates nominated for permanent residence by a Canadian province will receive an additional 600 points for their CRS assessment.
Provincial nominations add another 600 points to your score and guarantee you an ITA in the next round of the Express Entry Invitation. Regardless of the results of your CRS, everyone in your Express entry application should proactively prepare for ITAs from provincial nominations.
7. Be Prepared
Proactive preparation is often the only hope of a successful application, and in Nova Scotia there is a PNP stream, which is served on the principle of “first come, first served” due to the demand for express entry.
This stream does not take into account a candidate’s CRS rating, but has the advantage that it operates on a first-come-first-serve basis and has reached entry rates within a few days of opening.
Given the limited application window on these types of applications, many applicants are already preparing in advance for Provincial Nominations.
PNPs continue to play a prominent role in economic migration to Canada, and the different PNPs have one thing in common: they reward proactive and informed candidates. The provinces of Manitoba and Prince Edward Island have introduced a new system in which candidates for express entry can also proactively send profiles to the provinces, which then rank the candidates in their own pool rankings. The province of New Brunswick has also opened its express entry database for IT professionals and others for a limited period of time.