Try to improve your score

There are things that you can do to improve your score and increase your chances of being invited to apply. For example, you may want to:

  • secure a valid job offer using:
    • Job Bank, or
    • by promoting yourself to employers in Canada using private sector job boards,
  • contact provinces and territories to be considered in a Provincial Nominee Program,
  • improve your language score,
  • improve your education, or
  • gain more relevant work experience.

Only candidates who are eligible under Canada’s federal economic immigration programs are able to submit their profile into the Express Entry pool.

Eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool are ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS), which ranks eligible candidates for immigrating to Canada through Express Entry under the following components:

  • core human capital factors;
  • accompanying spouse or common-law partner factors;
  • skill transferability factors; and
  • factors relating to a provincial nomination or a qualifying offer of arranged employment.

The highest-ranked candidates are issued invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence when the government of Canada performs regular draws from the pool. Therefore, it depends on the candidates’ best interests to strive and to improve their scores in order to increase their chances of receiving an invitation to apply.

Obtain 600 CRS Points

The most beneficial  a candidate may do to improve his or her Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is obtain a nomination from a Canadian province or a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer.

Provincial Nominee Programs ( PNP ‘s )

Most PNPs contain a stream aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system. Candidates in the Express Entry pool who obtain an enhanced nomination from a province are awarded 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System, out of a possible total of 1,200. When these additional points are added to a candidate’s human capital and skills transferability points, it will result in an invitation to apply for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.

These are specific PNPs that contain enhanced Express Entry streams:

  • Prince Edward Island
  • British Columbia
  • Nova Scotia
  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
  • New Brunswick PNP
  • Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
  • Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)

A  Job Offer From A Canadian Employer

One of the aim of the Express Entry immigration selection system is for Canada to select newcomers who will be able to adapt successfully into life in Canada. As a result, the system places an increased emphasis on a candidate’s ability to find gainful employment in Canada.

Under the Comprehensive Ranking System, candidates with arranged employment (Labour Market Impact Assessment) are awarded 600 points. When these additional points are added to a candidate’s human capital and skills transferability points, it will result in an invitation to apply for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool.

Candidates outside Canada may feel that obtaining a qualifying job offer from an employer in Canada is difficult, but with the right tools and resources, they may promote themselves to employers in their field in Canada.