Top 5 ways to improve your CRS Score for the Canada PR
MoveCoast’s tips and tricks on how to boost your Canada CRS Score along with a downloadable checklist for the Canada PR documentation!
For the Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker Scheme for the Canada PR, you need to submit your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score. There a number of factors that influence this score ranging from your age to your proficiency in English.
Some methods to increase your Canada CRS score may be difficult, but there are quite a few that may be achievable.
If you don’t know how the CRS and the Express Entry works, worry not – read our article on the basics of the Canada PR here.
Now that you know that the CRS is scored out of 1200 points, let’s dive deep into how you can improve your CRS Score.
Did you know that language ability accounts for up to 260 CRS points in total for a single candidate, or up to 270 points for a couple?
Language ability the most valued human capital factor under the CRS, and incremental gains here can make a huge difference.
The two languages that Canada considers are English and French. Proficiency in English is tested through the IELTS General Training.
PRO TIP: You can also earn up to 24 points by appearing for a language test in a second language (i.e. French if your first language is English and vice versa).
One small step in your language ability will translate into a giant leap for your CRS score!
Secure a LMIA-approved job offer
You can boost your Canada CRS score dramatically through a Job Offer from a Canada-based employer, recognized by the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
Spend time on job sites, joining Canada-focused job boards, network with the right people and connect with Canadian employers in your field.
PRO TIP: Check if your current employer has operations in Canada, and if you can seek an internal transfer.
Additional Years of Work Experience
While Canada values Canadian experience more and helps you fetch more points, non-Canadian experience is also valuable. The more years of experience you have, the better.
PRO TIP: Having 3 years and more of experience is optimum.
Study in Canada to improve your Canada CRS Score
Like Canadian work experience, Canadian education and academic experience is highly rewarded. A Canadian educational credential can open up a lot of doors for the Canada PR.
Sibling in Canada
Do you or your spouse have a brother or sister living in Canada as a citizen or permanent resident of Canada? This relationship can be through blood, adoption, marriage, or common-law partnership. This relationship can also boost your Canada CRS score further.
Make your spouse or common-law partner the primary applicant for a higher Canada CRS Score
If you have a spouse or common law partner, see how both of you score as principal applicants, i.e. compare the scores. This is because sometimes your spouse’s academics, age, experience and language scores may end up being higher than yours. It is always advisable to lead with the higher score for the principal applicant.
If you have more than one degree or hold additional certificates or diplomas, you may stand to gain additional points for these. So make sure you check the validity of these additional qualifications when you complete your Educational Credential Assessments (ECAs).
Provincial Nominee Programs
If you are nominated by one of the Canadian provinces or territories under Canada’s PNP, you stand to gain upto 600 CRS points. You can apply for a Provincial Nominee Program before or after you create your Express Entry profile.
PRO TIP: PNP categories often open and close quickly. So being aware on when these are open could make a huge difference on your CRS Score.
As promised, here’s is a Downloadable Checklist to help you get started with your Canada PR journey.
Register with an immigration consultant who can help you put together a strong case to highlight all your credentials.
For advice and assistance on the Canada PR and immigration process, contact MoveCoast and set up your 1-on-1 consultation now!