Express Entry, How to Improve your CRS Score

Express Entry: How to Improve Your CRS Score

Express Entry: How to Improve Your CRS Score

Express Entry: How to Improve Your CRS Score

Canada’s Express Entry system is dynamic, meaning a candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking System score isn’t fixed but may be improved if she or he is willing to put in the effort.

There are two key ways that you can try to improve your CRS score:

  • Perfect your profile.
    • Language
    • Education
    • Spouse/partner as a primary applicant
    • Work experience
  • Proactively prepare for an ITA or provincial nomination

Perfecting your profile

Representing yourself accurately in your Express Entry profile is extremely important. Not only could it earn you extra Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, but there are also serious penalties for misrepresenting yourself.

The first thing to keep in mind is that the credentials required to enter the Express Entry pool are not necessarily the same as those that will maximize your CRS score.


Language is an example of a valuable factor within the CRS and can be worth up to 290 CRS points.

Language is also an area that can often be improved because the levels required to enter the Express Entry pool are significantly lower than the level that awards the maximum CRS points.

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.

However, the highest language level for which points are awarded within the CRS is CLB 10.

Language is also valuable because it counts for points in several sections of the CRS:

  1. Within the human capital factors;
  2. Within the skill-transferability “combinations”;
  3. Within the additional factors.

The following table shows how language combined with another factor, in this case, education, can be worth up to 50 points.

A CLB of 9 or higher is needed in all four language abilities — reading, speaking, writing and listening — in order to obtain the maximum of 50 points.

Having even one ability below CLB 9 could prevent you from getting the full 50 points. Conversely, improving a single ability could earn you many points.


Education can count for up to 230 CRS points and may be improved by obtaining additional credentials, for example completing another degree, or by obtaining additional Educational Credential Assessments (ECAs) for existing degrees.

An ECA is required in order to obtain CRS points for education obtained outside of Canada.

For the Federal Skilled Worker Class candidates educated outside of Canada, only one ECA is required of the principal applicant in order to enter the pool.

For candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades Class or the Canadian Experience Class, no ECA is required to enter the Express Entry pool.

Spouse or common-law partner might be a better Principal Applicant

If you have a spouse or common-law partner, it may be beneficial to compare your CRS scores as principal applicants.

Sometimes a main applicant’s CRS score may, in fact, be lower than that of their accompanying partner. In such cases, it may be advisable for a spouse or common-law partner to be the principal applicant.

Here’s an example of a situation where a spouse or common-law partner may actually be a better principal applicant.

Work Experience

Obtaining additional work experience or better documenting current work experience may both help increase a candidate’s CRS score.

Some candidates who have a job title that seems unskilled may, in fact, have performed duties that are considered skilled under Canada’s National Occupation Classification, or NOC.

Going beyond job title, and measuring the duties you performed against the duties listed in the NOC’s different occupations can help determine if your work is considered skilled or unskilled. This, in turn, can result in points you might have otherwise not claimed.

After selecting the right NOC for your work experience, the next step is calculating how much time you spent at each job. Points are awarded for full-time or equivalent part-time work experience.

Federal Skilled Worker Class candidates must have at least one year of continuous, skilled work experience in order to enter the pool. However, even non-continuous work experience can count toward CRS points.

Work Experience and Provincial Nominee Programs

Documenting your work experience as precisely as possible can also make you eligible for a nomination by one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program, better known as PNPs. Express Entry candidates nominated by a Canadian province for permanent residence are awarded an additional 600 points toward their CRS score.

Provinces sometimes look for candidates with specific work experience that you may, in fact, have, but do not consider being relevant because it is not related to your principal occupation.

Proactive Preparation

Regardless of your CRS score, everyone in the Express Entry pool should be proactively preparing for an ITA or provincial nomination.

You might only have a CRS score of 299, but a provincial nomination could suddenly increase your score by 600 points, making an ITA in the next Express Entry invitation round all but guaranteed.

Candidates have only 90 days to submit their complete application after receiving an ITA, and several PNPs afford even less time. Having documents prepared in advance means you can hit the ground running as soon as you’re invited.

Express Entry Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

Among these are several programs that:

Do not consider a candidate’s CRS score among their eligibility requirements; and

Are open to candidates with no ties to Canada (such as a relative, job offer, or previous Canadian work or study).

These PNPs can be valuable to Express Entry candidates and are therefore extremely popular.

Many operate on a first-come, first-served basis and reach their intake quotas within a day of opening, and proactive preparation is sometimes the only hope for applying successfully.

Two examples of first-come, first-served PNPs that are only open to Express Entry candidates are Saskatchewan’s International Skilled Worker — Express Entry sub-category and the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Stream.

Neither stream considers a candidate’s CRS score, and each has a unique points-system and a list of eligible occupations.

Both have opened intermittently in the recent past — the Saskatchewan program typically opens with no notice and Nova Scotia provides little notice.

Given this small application window, many applicants prepare well in advance in anticipation of these streams re-opening.

There is an element of risk to preparing in advance, namely that PNP requirements and eligibility criteria can change without notice.

But even if that’s the case, the silver lining is that many of the documents required by PNPs are also needed to pursue an Express Entry ITA.

Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream

Another PNP that may reward proactive candidates is Ontario’s popular Express Entry-linked Human Capital Priorities Stream.

This active stream is not first-come, first-served, but instead follows a so-called passive model that allows Ontario to search the Express Entry pool and select candidates with a CRS score above 400 and the skills that match the province’s labour needs. It is worth noting, however, that Ontario once waived the 400 CRS point requirement for IT professionals.

Express Entry candidates who receive an invitation through the Human Capital Priorities Stream must submit their application within 45 days, which can be a tight timeline in which to collect all the required documents.

Besides collecting documents, Ontario has advised Express Entry candidates interested in the Human Capital Priorities Stream to create a new profile in the Express Entry system. This is to make it easier to identify their profile when Ontario searches the Express Entry pool.

As is the case with the Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan Express Entry streams mentioned above, candidates who are interested in the Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream should keep a close eye on new developments with the stream, and take steps to be proactive if or when an opportunity presents itself.

Other Express Entry-linked PNPs

The provinces of Manitoba and Prince Edward Island both introduced streams where eligible Express Entry candidates can also proactively submit profiles to the provinces, which then rank candidates within their own pools and ranking systems.

The Province of New Brunswick has also opened its Express Entry Labour Market Stream for limited periods, both to IT professionals and others.

One factor all of these different PNPs have in common is that they reward proactive, informed candidates.

PNPs will continue to play a prominent role in terms of economic immigration to Canada through 2020, with 11 percent increases in admission targets forecasted in both 2019 and 2020.

So keep your eye on PNPs, and get busy preparing those documents!

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Important Things That You Must Learn about Canadian Immigration

Important Things That You Must Learn about Canadian Immigration

Important Things That You Must Learn about Canadian Immigration

Important Things That You Must Learn about Canadian Immigration

Canada is a state which is known to be quite liberal in accepting migration of people from different parts of the world. Though immigration process is easier than other states, legal formalities have to be followed with precision. Mistakes in following steps for attaining permanent or temporary residence permit may lead to cancellation or disqualification of the permit. So, fact-checking is required before applying for the permanent or temporary residence permit.

Inland and Outland Spousal Sponsorship

Spousal sponsorship is the easiest way to becoming permanent Canadian resident or citizen. Someone, who has married a Canadian citizen, can enjoy the privilege to become a permanent resident in Canada through an easy or hassle-free process. The process of approval of permanent residence permit is faster than other methods. It grossly takes around 8 months to 1 year. Spousal sponsorship can be categorized into two types. The first type is known as inland and the other type is called as Outland.

Express Entry Score- now much simpler way to Immigrate

According to trends of Canadian immigration rule, it has been noted that amount of invitations that are sent out is getting higher. On the other hand, amount of points required has been becoming lower. As a result, applying for a permanent or temporary residence permit in Canada has turned simpler. It is a great opportunity to migrate to this country, as regulations have become simpler.

Studying in Canada- easy simple way to settle in Canada

If you want to pursue a special course or a degree course in Canada, you shall get a temporary residence permit along with work permit quite easily. You can stay in Canada while enjoying your studies. At the same time, you can work in this country to earn money for basic living. For students, the process for applying for a temporary residence permit is simple and less time-consuming.

Having Job Offer- A quick and Sure-shot way to Immigrate

Having a job offer from recognized sector or company will fetch you Canadian citizenship easily. Of course, you would not receive permanent residence permit at the beginning. You shall get temporary permit initially. Thereafter, you have to apply for obtaining a permanent residence permit.

Unpaid Work Experience Does Not Help in Canadian Immigration

If you are applying for a residence permit under Federal Skilled Worker program, your unpaid work experience would not be counted. Having work experience is important in this case for swift as well as seamless approval of work permit along with temporary residence permit. Later, one can always apply for permanent residence permit. Thereafter, you can arrange permits for your spouse or other family members if you wish.

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Applying for a Canadian scholarship as an international student

Applying for a Canadian scholarship as an international student

Applying for a Canadian scholarship as an international student

Applying for a Canadian scholarship as an international student

The process of applying for studies abroad can be very overwhelming—and expensive!

To help you we put together the following list of Canadian scholarships available to international students interested in studying in Canada.

The Canadian government and many post-secondary institutions offer international students possibilities for obtaining scholarship awards, grants, or bursaries to finance their education.

Unlike a loan, money received from a scholarship program does not need to be repaid.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, it is important to understand the application process and abide by the deadline specified by the granting institution or organization.

The eligibility requirements and application package often differs from one scholarship to the next. For example, some scholarships may require a personal essay and/or request references from past teachers or employers. Other scholarships may be primarily offered based on academic performance, extracurricular achievements, or other creative skills.

It is important to note that the deadlines and eligibility requirements listed here are subject to change and it is recommended that you contact the organization and institution for updated information and deadlines.

The Canada Visa Study Hub $500 Scholarship Contest

The Canada Visa Scholarship Contest gives members of the Canada Visa Study Hub the opportunity to win $500. Every month a new member is randomly selected as the winner. The contest is designed to support current international students and post-graduate workers in Canada.

The contest is offered in the Study Hub, an online portal that offers a wide range of tools and resources to international students looking to make the most of their time in Canada as international students and graduates.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Be a member of the Canada Visa Study Hub
  • Have a valid study permit and/or post-graduation work permit
  • Provide proof of enrolment at a Canadian post-secondary institution

Deadline: No specified deadline

Global Affairs International Scholarship Opportunities for Non-Canadians

In its commitment to participate in international research partnerships, Canada partners with organizations worldwide to support the promotion of international education through research opportunities in Canadian post-secondary institutions. The value of scholarships offered by Global Affairs Canada varies depending on the duration and level of study. Generally, scholarships range from $7,200 to 14,700.

Eligibility requirements:

To apply for various scholarships, fellowships, and awards offered through Global Affairs Canada, it is important to consult the criteria for each scholarship separately. Also, many scholarships require an application to be submitted from the destination institution. Therefore, it is important to prepare all the necessary documents and coordinate with the destination school.

Currently, there are government scholarships offered in the form of short-term exchange programs, online study scholarships and research projects.

Popular scholarships:

Canada-ASEAN Scholarships, Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP), Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program, Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program and Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Scholarship

Deadline: Varies based on program and opens intermittently throughout the year.

Upcoming deadline for short-term exchange programs is 11:59 p.m. EDT, April 17, 2018.

Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program (CGS M)

The CGS M scholarship program is open to international students on permanent residence status to support their research in the fields of health, natural sciences and/or engineering, and social sciences and/or humanities.

The award is worth $17,000 for up to 12 months.

Annually, the program helps up to 2,000 students enrolled in eligible Canadian academic institutions.

Eligibility requirements:

To apply for the CGS M, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • Be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission to an eligible graduate program at the master’s or doctoral level at a Canadian institution with a CGS M allocation
  • Not be a past recipient of CGS M (some exceptions apply); and
  • Have achieved a first-class average, as determined by the host institution, in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent).

Ontario Graduate Scholarship

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) helps graduate students fund their studies in a participating Canadian post-secondary institution. The award is valued at $10,000 and $15,000 depending on the number of terms in a study program.

The scholarship program is funded by Ontario’s provincial government and the school where the student will attend. A potential recipient is evaluated based on academic standing, research skills, and volunteer/ leadership experience.

Ontario spends approximately $30 million every year to support the OGS program.

Eligibility requirements:

To be considered for the scholarship, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate program at the masters or doctoral level;
  • Be registered in full-time studies for 2 or more terms (21 to 52 weeks in total) for the academic of application;
  • Be on a valid study permit; and
  • Attend a participating Ontario school.

Deadline: Varies based on the department/program at the post-secondary institution of study.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) program is valued at $50,000 per year for three years of doctoral studies at a Canadian post-secondary institution.

The Vanier CGS was introduced by the Canadian government in 2008 to attract world-class talent to Canada and help establish Canada as a prime research and higher education locale.

The government selects up to 167 new Vanier CGS recipients every year.

Eligibility requirements:

Vanier scholars are chosen based on leadership skills and academic excellence at a graduate level.

In most cases, to be considered as a Vanier scholar, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a PhD-level program at a Canadian university;
  • Meet evaluation criteria for academic excellence, research potential, and leadership; and
  • Receive a nomination from the destination Canadian post-secondary institution of choice.

Deadline: Currently closed for nominations. Results for last year’s nomination cycle will be announced early April 2018. For scholarship timeline, visit the government website.

Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)

The Government of Ontario introduced the OTS program in 2010 to help bring the best performing international students to the province to complete their Ph.D. studies.

OTS awards are $40,000 each year and are automatically renewable every three years following the first year. It is important that a recipient maintains good academic standing and continue to meet eligibility requirement for the OTS.

Eligibility requirements:

To qualify for the OTS, you must:

  • Hold a valid Canadian study permit;
  • Intend to pursue full-time graduate studies at the doctoral level in a degree-granting program;
  • Have exceptional research experience and potential combined with an outstanding university academic record; and
  • Be present and registered full-time in the Ph.D. program at the post-secondary institution by the start date of the award and for the program’s complete duration.

International students benefit from the OTS in various eligible Ontario universities.

School-specific scholarship awards

Canadian universities and colleges may offer unique entrance scholarships to international students. The awards and/or fellowships are mostly merit-based and have specific criteria based on academic standing and study program duration.

Some key awards include:

  • Humber College International Entrance Scholarships worth between $1,000 and $1,500.
  • University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships ranging from $14,000 to $18,000 (depending on Master’s or PhD-level).
  • University of Calgary Graduate Awards of $1,000 to $40,000 across various fields of study.
  • UBC Graduate Global Leadership Fellowships to citizens of developing countries valued at $18,200 per year for a total of four years in doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia.
  • Dalhousie University Scholarships of up to $40,000 offered to international students pursuing the university.
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