Your chances of being selected through the Express Entry program is highly dependent on your Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS).
The Comprehensive Ranking Score is determined based on the information on your profile such as education level, language proficiency (English or French), work experience, and age. Other factors that can greatly increase your CRS rankings include a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, Degrees, Diplomas or certificates obtained in Canada, and a nomination from a Canadian Province or Territory.
Candidates in the Express Entry pool who score the highest points are issue Invitations to Apply for permanent residency in Canada.
Not everyone gets assigned a high CRS score even after several attempts, the CRS is a dynamic system and you can improve your low scores by taking a proactive approach.
Some of the improvements may only nudge your CRS score a bit, but even a little added points can make all the difference.
Here are some ways you can improve your Comprehensive Ranking Score.
Retake Your Language Test
Under the Comprehensive Ranking Score, the language ability is the most valued human capital factor, and also a factor where improvement can make a huge difference. The language ability for a single candidate is worth 260 CRS, while 270 is for a couple.
If your language test score for Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 9, you can get up to 136 direct points under the language section and under the Skill Transferability section you can get up to 100 points.
If English is your first language, you can claim an additional 24 points for appearing for a language test in French and vice versa.
Gain More Work Experience
Work experience outside Canada may not necessarily increase your score under the human capital factors, but can be rewarded in the skills transferability combinations.
It is ideal to stay in employment if you have less than three years of full-time work experience, the more work experience you garner, the better.
Applying Through Provincial Nominee Program
You will be awarded an additional 600 CRS points if you receive a nomination through the Provincial Nominee Program which will greatly increase your chances of getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
Provinces over the years have been using the PNP streams aligned with the Express Entry in innovative ways to curb labor shortage.
Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan have both reopened PNP streams for candidates across a range of occupation, Ontario has targeted specific occupation particularly in the IT sector, British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba has continually invited candidates to apply under its unique stream.
Siblings In Canada
You can gain an additional 15 points if you have a brother or sister residing in Canada as a permanent resident or citizen. The relationship can be through any of the following: adoption, blood relation, marriage or common-law partners. Once you can prove the relationship, watch as your CRS score take a nudge.
Make Your Spouse The Primary Applicant
If your common-law partner or spouse has more CRS points, it is advisable to make he/she the primary applicant.
However, it is not possible to change the primary applicant once you have started an application, it is best to create a new profile and make your partner the primary partner and yourself as a dependent.