Immigrate to Canada from Kenya in 2021
May 17, 2021
APR 30, 2021
Looking to be part of the 401,000 immigrants to become permanent residents of Canada? The Express Entry is the way to go, with 108,500 invitations to apply being processed in 2021 alone.
The higher your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, the better your chance of receiving an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residency.
If a candidate has received their CRS score and sees it is low or it did not meet the required score of the previous draw, that is okay as the candidate has one year to improve and increase their CRS score for the next upcoming draw.
Below we answer the question “What is the CRS?” and share how to maximize your score.
There are many ways to improve your CRS score to ensure you receive an invitation to apply at the next draw.
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is used by the Express Entry system. It determines a candidate’s ranking score when applying for Canadian permanent residency through federal government skilled worker programs.
These programs included:
The higher the candidate’s score, the higher the chance of receiving an invitation to apply (ITA).
The maximum CRS points a candidate can score is 1,200 points. This is divided into two sections. The core set of 600 points and the additional set of 600 points.
The above set of points are achieved as follows:
It is important to try and get the highest amount of points possible to get an invitation to apply, as there are many candidates to compete within the draw pool. Here are six ways on how to maximize your score and increase your chances of getting an ITA.
This could possibly be one of the easiest and simplest ways of increasing your CRS score. The points awarded for CLB test results are as follows:
|CRS Points For Official Language Proficiency|
|CLB Level||With partner||Without partner|
|Less than CLB 4||0||0|
|CLB 4 or 5||6||6|
|CLB 10 or more||32||34|
As seen from the above table if a candidate scores higher than eight on all four categories of the Canadian Language Benchmark test, the CRS score will improve. The four categories are reading, writing, listening and speaking.
If a candidate only received a score for English, adding French as an additional language can increase the candidate’s score by up to 24 points.
Gaining working experience in Canada is a great way to improve one’s CRS score. The difference in scores for one year of experience compared to three years is 24 points.
Candidates who have non-Canadian experience should aim for at least three years of experience as they can gain 50 points overall under the skill transferability factors.
Another option could be to apply for the Working Holiday Visa and gain Canadian working experience of up to two years, depending on their country of origin. This of course only applies to the 30 eligible countries.
If a candidate is already working in Canada, the candidate should aim for five years of experience if possible, as the maximum points awarded for five years of working experience is 80 points without a spouse or partner.
Securing a Canadian job offer can boost a candidate’s CRS score by 200 points! The candidate’s job offer will need to meet certain criteria to be valid. The job offer needs to be full-time continuous paid employment of one year. The job offer will also need to be in writing.
Applying with a spouse or common-law partner can boost a candidate’s score considerably. The maximum score a candidate can earn from a spouse or common-law partner per factor is 40 points, they are divided as follows:
A provincial nomination is a fantastic way for a candidate to maximize their score, as having a nomination will boost the candidate’s score by 600 points. This is the most points one can score from the additional set of points.
To put into perspective just how much of a difference a provincial nominee makes, the latest draw took place on April 16, 2021, and the CRS score of the lowest-ranked candidate invited was 417. This means that with the 600 points earned from the provincial nominee a candidate may already qualify for an ITA.
Completing another qualification can be seen as a long-term way of improving a CRS score, but it can be very beneficial. Not only can it boost a candidate’s CRS score but it will also help during the job hunting process.
Some of the factors that can cost any candidate the chance of receiving an invitation to apply are filling the forms incorrectly, sending them past the due date or simply misunderstanding the requirements.
Having the assistance of our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC’s makes the process simpler. The RCIC has many years of experience and can review all documents and application forms, as well as submit them for the candidate.
Now that the question “What is the CRS?” is answered and we’ve shown ways in which to maximize your score. The next thing to do is simply click on the link to get started!