Boost Your Canadian Immigration Profile
Have you applied for permanent residency in Canada through the Express Entry system? Are you planning to apply? If so, considering boosting your Express Entry Profile and as a result your chance to immigration to Canada.
All Express Entry candidates are given a score out of 1,200 points, based on the four parts of the Comprehensive Ranking System formula:
- Skills and experience factors (the Canadian immigration authorities view these factors as key to economic success for immigrants once in Canada);
- Spouse or common-law partner factors (such as their language skills and education – these are known to result in better economic success for both the spouse or common-law partner and the candidate);
- Skills transferability (including education and work experience – factors that when combined, result in better chances of being employed, and higher earnings); and
- Additional points for those with a nomination from a province or territory or a valid job offer from a Canadian employer.
Please see the chart below which sets out the Canadian Government’s CRS scoring system
|Single candidates||Candidates with a spouse or common-law partner that will come with them to Canada
(The maximum number of points is the same no matter the person’s marital status)
|1. Skills and experience factors (maximum 500)||1. Skills and experience factors (maximum 460)|
|2. Spouse or common-law partner factors – N/A||2. Spouse or common-law partner factors (maximum 40)|
|3. Skill transferability factors (maximum 100)||3. Skill transferability factors (maximum 100)|
|4. Additional points for a Canadian job offer or Provincial Nominee (maximum 600)||4. Additional points for a Canadian job offer or Provincial Nominee (maximum 600)|
|Grand total (maximum 1,200)||Grand total (maximum 1,200)|
How Can You Boost Your Profile and CRS Score?
Provincial Nominee Programs – Another Way to Permanent Residency
Canada is divided into 10 provinces and 3 territories. In addition to the federal Express Entry program, the provinces and territories of Canada have Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) which allow the provinces to separately invite candidates to apply for permanent residency.
Under the PNP programs, provinces and territories are permitted to see the candidates who are currently in the federal Express Entry pool and allows them to invite candidates to apply for permanent residency.
You may want to consider submitting your application to the Express Entry pool even if you do not meet the current minimum CRS score set by the federal Canadian Government as a province may find you in the Express Entry pool and invite you to apply – the provinces often have lower CRS score requirements. This invitation would give you an additional 600 points and make you eligible for permanent residency.
Another way forward if you do not want to apply to the Express Entry pool is to consider applying to a PNP programs directly.
A Qualifying Job Offer from a Canadian Employer
Employers can connect with candidates in the Express Entry pool through the Job Bank.
Candidates with arranged employment (as proven by having obtained a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer with a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)) are awarded 600 CRS points. When these additional points are added to a candidate’s human capital and skills transferability points, it will generally result in an invitation to apply for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.
You may feel that being outside of Canada makes it difficult to find a job with a Canadian employer however, there are many online tools to help you with your search. The first place to start is the Canadian Job Bank (www.jobbank.gc.ca).
Improving Your Human Capital Factors
Candidates in the Express Entry pool are awarded up to 600 points for core human capital factors and skills transferability. Factors that are considered when assessing the CRS points include: a candidate’s age, education, language proficiency, and work experience.
To increase the number of CRS points you have been allotted, you can improve certain human capital factors, including:
- Completing an educational degree, diploma or certificate
- Gaining additional work experience
- Improving your English and/or French language abilities and taking (or re-taking) a language test recognized by the Canadian Government
- Your spouse completing an educational degree, diploma, or certificate
- Your spouse improving their English and/or French language abilities and having him or her take (or re-take) a language test recognized by the Canadian Government
- Your spouse gaining additional work experience
As a result of improving these human capital factors, you may increase your CRS points and ultimately be eligible for Canadian permanent residency.
Overall, the higher your CRS Score the higher your chances are of immigrating as a permanent resident to Canada. We encourage all our clients to determine their score before they apply to the Canadian Government and assess whether there are ways to increase it.
At Beeton & Co, Canadian Education and Immigration Consultants, we provide a FREE online assessment of your Canadian immigration eligibility and your CRS score.