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Canada Express Entry Points: Understanding the CRS (Part 1)

Canada Express Entry points

 

Creating an online profile, you only need to provide information and you will automatically obtain Canada Express Entry points through the Comprehensive Ranking System or CRS. As an individual who plans to immigrate to Canada, this term may not be new to you.

But do you really understand how you are given points? Understanding CRS can help you strategize and therefore improve your score, especially if you are in dire need of additional points. Let us give you bits and pieces of information:

Four Important Sections of the CRS

The CRS comprises four sections:

  1. Human Capital Factors
  2. Spouse or Common-Law Partner Factors
  3. Skill Transferability
  4. Additional Points

The maximum Canada Express Entry points for the first two factors are 500. If you are married or you have a common-law partner but will not be coming with you to Canada or your spouse or common-law partner is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, you will earn points as if you have no partner or spouse. But if your spouse or partner will come with you to Canada, you can obtain 460 points for your credentials and 40 points from your husband or partner’s credentials.

Your Responses or Information Matters

Your responses to the following factors can make – or break – your dream of moving to Canada:

  • Age
  • Work experience (occupation, number of years worked, location)
  • Level of education
  • Skills
  • Language ability

…and others

If you are a skilled worker, your Canada Express Entry points decrease as you age. But you still have hopes as you can try to claim more points from your language and education. You can get an Educational Credential Assessment for immigration purposes. If you are really keen on immigrating to Canada, you can obtain a post-secondary education in one of the designated learning institutions. You can also work while and after studying. This, therefore, gives you additional points for Canadian work experience.

If your language score is low, you can take the language test again until your score improves.

Get Additional Points

Do you need to improve your score? There are ways you can earn extra points:

  • 15 points if you have a brother or a sister who is already a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • 30 points if you are proficient in the French language
  • 30 points if you obtain a post-secondary education in Canada
  • 200 points if you already found an employer who will give you a job offer
  • 600 points if you have a provincial nomination

To know if you are eligible to apply for permanent residency as a skilled worker through the Express Entry, take a free online assessment now.

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