Here are some useful tips to help Express Entry candidates boost their CRS score.

Canada’s Express Entry immigration system is very competitive. People dreaming to immigrate to Canada must be eligible for one of the federal economic immigration programs. Only then, they will be able to create an Express Entry profile, enter the pool of candidates, and be assigned a score under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

The highest-ranked candidates may then be issued an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence. At this point, they have 60 days to submit a complete application. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) processes the majority of applications within six months.

Improving your CRS score

Some methods of increasing your CRS score may require a great deal of effort, but some other methods may be a case of proving something you have already accomplished. Let’s look at these in turn.

Brother or Sister in Canada

Do you, or your spouse/common-law partner, have a brother or sister living in Canada as a citizen or permanent resident? This relationship can be through blood, adoption, marriage, or common-law partnership. If so, just prove the relationship and watch your CRS score increase by 15 points.


This tip is aimed particularly at Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) candidates. Unlike Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC)candidates, CEC and FSTC candidates did not have to provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) or Canadian credential upon entry to the pool. What might that mean? It might mean that you are leaving up to 200 CRS points on the table, unclaimed. Education is worth 150 points in its own right, and up to 50 more in combination with Canadian work experience and/or language ability.

Ability of Language

Did you know that language ability is worth up to 260 CRS points in total for a single candidate, or up to 270 points for a couple? Not only is language ability the most valued human capital factor under the Comprehensive Ranking System, but it is also a factor where incremental gains can make a huge difference.

Extra points are accumulated for each improvement in test results across the four language abilities (speaking, listening, reading, writing), but the magic threshold is when a candidate achieves a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 9 in each ability. Why? Because in addition to the points gained for improvements to that level, getting a CLB 9 in each ability also triggers a jump in points under the skills transferability factors in combination with your level of education and your non-Canadian work experience. One small step in your language ability; one giant leap for your CRS score.

Another thing to consider under language is your potential ability in French. If you ever studied French at school, or otherwise have a decent knowledge of the language, it may be wise to consider preparing to take the Test d’évaluation du français (TEF). Not only could you be awarded up to 24 points for a second language in its own right, but since June, 2017 IRCC has offered a bonus of up to 30 additional points if you reach an advanced-intermediate level of CLB 7. With a bit of revision, this level is attainable for someone who studied French many years ago and who has the will power to study again in search of up to 54 additional CRS points.


If you are working outside Canada but have less than three years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) experience, keep working! While this work won’t bring points under the human capital factors, it is nonetheless rewarded in the skills transferability combinations.

The goal of remaining in employment is even more acute for candidates currently working in Canada on a work permit, because more points are available for this work and it is rewarded for each annual threshold up to five years. Just make sure that if you are working in Canada, you maintain legal work status the entire time.

Provincial Nominee Programs

If you want a 600-point boost to your CRS score, plus the knowledge that you are being welcomed with open arms into your chosen destination province, it’s time to learn about the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

More and more, IRCC is gradually giving additional allocations to the provinces for the PNPs. In turn, the provinces are looking to the Express Entry pool in order to welcome a portion of the newcomers who will arrive under these programs. In 2015, around 13 percent of all invited candidates were provincial nominees. Through 2016, this share doubled to 26 percent.

Moreover, throughout 2017 provinces have been using their Express Entry-aligned (‘enhanced’) PNP streams in innovative, dynamic ways. Ontario has targeted specific occupation groups, notably in the Information Technology (IT) sector; Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan have both reopened PNP streams for candidates across a range of occupations (no job offer required, it may be added); British Columbia continues to invite candidates to apply under its unique system; and other provinces have also been on board, issuing nomination certificates to candidates in the Express Entry pool.

Six hundred points. That is the prize on offer to candidates who adopt a proactive approach to the Express Entry system, follow developments, and prepare accordingly. See our Provincial Nominee Program section for more.

Job Offer from CANADA

While the relative value of a qualifying job offer is not as great as it once was — in most cases, down to 50 CRS points from a previous value of 600 points — obtaining a job offer remains an important factor.

Spouse/Partner factors

If you plan on coming to Canada with your spouse/common-law partner, you should both know that the spouse/partner’s language ability is worth up to 20 points, while education level and Canadian work experience are worth up to 10 points each.

Think outside the box

Imagine the following scenario. A couple, man and wife, want to immigrate to Canada. Neither partner has ever studied in or worked in Canada. He has years of experience as a financial advisor, working with big international clients and earning plenty of money along the way. He went to an internationally-renowned, prestigious university, graduating near the top of the class. On the other hand, she is an elementary/primary school teacher who got a Bachelor’s degree at a smaller university before working in a local school for a few years. They both have the same English ability.

Who should be the principal applicant? Answer: whoever has the higher CRS score. And who has the higher score? She does, because she is 29 and he is 35. She gets full points for age, whereas he does not. Moreover, it should be noted that IRCC doesn’t care where you came in your class, only that you completed your course(s), and that financial advisor and elementary teacher are both considered skilled jobs, neither of which is necessarily more valued than the other when it comes to immigration to Canada.

Indeed, there is nothing to stop both partners from each creating an Express Entry profile, naming the  other partner as the accompanying spouse on each other’s profiles. Although one partner’s CRS score is likely going to be lower than the other partner’s, the person with the lower score may have work experience in an occupation in demand by a province under a PNP, so that person could shoot up the rankings and carry the other person along with them to Canada.

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