Comprehensive Ranking System & Express Entry

Candidates aspiring to migrate to Canada should ideally opt into entering the Express Entry pool. In other words, this should be considered as the starting point of their journey in order to obtain a Canadian permanent residence. Typically, applicants already working in Canada or those with very high qualifications (under age 30, master’s degree and proficiency in English and/or French), have received invitations. Candidates outside Canada who do not have a strong profile can submit an application and begin working to improve their qualifications. Profiles remain valid for 12 months. By entering the pool and simply waiting for an ITA, borderline candidates could be wasting an opportunity. There are many ways a score can be boosted while a candidate is in the Express Entry pool. In addition to this, it is essential that candidates choose an ICCRC certified consultant. Know More

1. Keep a broad perspective

More often than not, a candidate can be too determined on one factor instead of being aware of all the areas where points can be increased. For example, a well-educated individual may assume they will qualify on that factor alone. Points can be scored by all candidates in a myriad of areas. To say the least, being strong on one factor should make a candidate focus on others where there is scope for improvement. Galvanize yourself to highlight each factor, one by one, and ask the question: How can I optimize my score in this area? An insignificant improvement in two or three areas can mean a large improvement overall in the quest for an Invitation To Apply (ITA).

2. Get a provincial nomination

The only way a candidate can score 600 points, since the rules changed on November 19, 2016, a provincial nomination is a great way for a candidate to power-up to the pinnacle of the pool. It is essential to be organized and systematic while considering this course of action. An ICCRC certified consultant can be in a better position to assist candidates in finding plausible employers in Canada. Different provinces have different priority occupations, and these are subjected to change at any given time. Needless to mention, again, an ICCRC certified consultant is required by the Canadian Government to constantly update themselves on these turn of events. Candidates need to stay abreast of the latest news. Some provinces do nothing more than update their websites when categories open or close. Being alert to when those categories open can be the difference between 600 points and an ITA, or another six months spent waiting. Candidates who have previously visited a province can also get extra points, so that is also worth considering.

3. Get a job offer

Easier said than done, yes, but by securing a job offer and the 200 points it provides, the chances of receiving an ITA are imminent. As a candidate is preparing for a potentially life-changing move, visiting the country is always advisable. Aside from offering an insight into what life in Canada will be like, the chances of landing a job are significantly greater if a candidate is available to meet face-to-face with employers or attend employment fairs in Canada. It is possible to obtain a job offer from overseas, but why not increase your chances by visiting Canada? Regardless, to save time and money, it’s best to have your consultant hook you up with an application in a job resource pool. It’s a given that most ICCRC certified consultants have their own operations as far as “Job Assistance” is concerned.

4. ECA? What’s that?

There’s a 9/10 chance that if you are already in the Express Entry system, you would have come across the term, “ECA”. Okay, let’s slow down a little. Let’s start by asking ourselves a question…
Is my education from a Canadian institution?
New regulations introduced on November 19, 2016 benefit international students completing recognized degrees and diplomas in Canada by awarding extra points as follows:

Points Awarded for Canadian Education Under Express Entry

Level attained Points awarded
High school 0
One or two-year post secondary 15
Three-year post-secondary, master’s, professional degree or doctorate 30

To score Canadian education points, the candidate must have:

  • Studied in Canada at a Canadian educational institution.
  • Been enrolled in full-time study or training for at least eight months.
  • Been physically present in Canada for at least eight months.
  • Advancing your education while in the pool

NOTE: This isn’t mandatory. Sorry for the mini-heart attack. We’re just saying that this could increase your CRS score, but you’ll do just fine if you haven’t satisfied this criteria.

Anyway, back to the point; achieving a higher level of education means more points, although qualifications achieved outside Canada must first be verified through an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). There is nothing to stop a candidate completing an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree, depending on the level of education already attained. A bachelor’s degree can be worth up to 170 points. Not only will this result in a better overall score, but it is also a screening criteria for many potential employers.

Get all your qualifications assessed

Often candidates only put their highest qualification forward for an ECA. By putting all post-secondary qualifications forwards, a candidate stands to increase their score. One qualification might score better than another in the ECA, or a qualification might better suit the skills being looked for in a particular province. A candidate is always better off proving a broader level of education.

Qualifications for Canadian Experience Class candidates

Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applicants can access the Express Entry pool without requiring a post-secondary qualification, which is not true for the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC). This means it is not a requirement for CEC candidates to subject their qualifications to an ECA. But that does not mean a CEC candidate`s score is not boosted by a post-secondary qualification. Simply put, if a candidate is post-secondary educated, he or she needs to take the necessary assessment steps to be given the points the credential is worth.

6. Applying with your spouse or partner?

Choose the primary applicant carefully

Candidates may think it is obvious who is better qualified when applying as a couple, but that is not always the case. Those with qualifications and experience in trades can score better than a spouse with a degree or experience in an area Canada already has ample work experience. This is also worth looking out for under the provincial programs, which specify their own in-demand job categories. Age is also an important factor. It is worth putting in the time to assess who is the best primary applicant. There is also nothing to stop a couple applying twice, each as the primary applicant.

Your spouse can score points

Once you have decided who the primary applicant is going to be, the other person in the relationship can boost the CRS score by up to 40 points by increasing Canadian work experience, boosting education or improving language skills. Certain provincial programs also give points for well-qualified spouses.

7. Increase your work experience

Non-Canadian experience

Non-Canadian experience is not as valuable as Canadian experience under Express Entry, but it still counts. Non-Canadian experience comes under the combination factors, worth 100 points overall. This means, for example, that more experience combined with a better language score can boost your points. Points are gained for up to three years of non-Canadian experience.

Canadian experience

Canadian experience is the “Holy Grail” of work experience. It is awarded points in its own right, and a candidate gets additional points for up to five years of working in Canada. If a candidate is in the country and working, he or she should keep doing so.

Additional experience

There may be caps on how many points a candidate's experience can score, but he or she should still keep their profile up to date with all experience. Provinces are on the lookout for expertise in particular areas, and those areas can quickly change. Extra experience could lead to a provincial nomination, worth 600 points.

8. Improve your language skills

Any improvement in a candidate`s language skills can result in a better score, but reaching Canadian Benchmark Level 9 or above can mean an additional 100 points on top of the 260 available in combination with other factors. The better a candidate`s English and/or French, the higher the score, so a candidate should keep going to lessons and keep retaking the tests while he or she is in the Express Entry pool. If you are bilingual in English and French, get both languages assessed to maximise the points available.

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