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Ways to Improve your CRS Points

Express Entry programs are all about points. The more the better your chances. But the reality is, those much needed points are hard to come by for some applicants.

This article is intended to help explain how the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) determines your valuable points. We will also explain other ways in which to improve your points, so that you position yourself in the best way possible for an Invitation to Apply.

Comprehensive Ranking System

The CRS ranks eligible candidates for immigration to Canada through Express Entry under the following components:

  • core human capital factors;

  • accompanying spouse or common-law partner factors;

  • skill transferability factors; and

  • factors relating to a provincial nomination or a qualifying offer of arranged employment.

There are a total of 1,200 points available under the CRS System.

Core Human Factors include:

  • Age

  • Education

  • Language Proficiency (English or French)

  • 2nd Language Proficiency (English or French)

  • Canadian Work Experience

Skills Transferability Factors include:

  • Education and Canadian Work Experience

  • Education and Language Abilities

  • Language Abilities and Non Canadian Work Experience

  • Canadian and Non Canadian Work Experience

  • Certificate of Qualification in a Trade and Language Ability

Areas to Acquire Additional Points include:

  • Provincial Nominations give an additional 600 points

  • Valid jobs offers can give up to 200 additional points

  • Having a Blood Relative in Canada can give an additional 15 Points

  • Having a High Level Masters or PhD Degree ECAs can give an additional 30 points

  • Having Canadian Study Experience can give additional points

For most people that is all very confusing, but that is how CRS works. The tips we can give you are to do your best on your Language tests, as higher scores on those produce some very valuable points. The cutoff requirement for Express Entry on an English Test is CLB 7, but that offers very little points, which may get you into the Pool, but it wont get you selected. CLB 9 and CLB 10 are the ranges you should aim for and the only way to get there, is to get professional training before you do your IELTS Test.

In cases where points are in demand, All primary and secondary applicants should do the IELTS tests to get those additional spousal points. Practice, Practice, Practice is the key word with this English test. Even if you are a Native English speaker, do the training, as this will prepare you with what to expect when it comes to writing the IELTS test. If we could give just one tip here, that would be: Don't Fool Yourself into thinking that as an English speaker you will be fine. Some do fine, but most come out of an IELTS test with a high level of shock as they didn't know what to expect and were left unprepared.

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