Express Entry is a points-based system of triaging and scoring economic class permanent resident applications introduced in January 2015. It is not an immigration program itself, but rather it is a system which organizes various economic immigration programs. In other words, applicants will need to pass through two phases:
The applicant must apply for and be accepted through one of Canada’s three express entry programs which include the:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Canadian Experience Class
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
Each program has its own requirements and is tailored to specific types of economic based immigration.
After successfully being accepted through one of the above programs, the applicant’s profile is entered into the Express Entry pool where they are ranked according to an aggregate score based on a variety of factors meant to evaluate their suitability to adapt to Canadian life.
Generally, this includes individual’s language ability, work experience, education, age, job offer, and other adaptability factors.
If an applicant is selected from the pool, they are sent an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence (ITA) from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Here’s Your Chance To Improve Your Score Under Express Entry
Most applicants wonder the ways in which they can improve their score in order to increase their possibility of receiving an ITA. The following are a few of the areas of focus where a candidate can make improvements to their profile and score.
By improving English language abilities, the candidate not just receives extra points in language section and skill adaptability. Candidates are able to provide proof of their language skills through accepted English language tests such as IELTS and CELPIP. Moreover, any candidate who is bilingual in English and French ought to get both languages assessed for the purposes of boosting their score.
2. Canadian Work Experience
Canadian work experience is considered to be the touchstone when a person is applying for immigration through express entry. Most of the Express Entry economic programs in the first phase require work experience to be considered for entry into the pool. Conjunctively, any applicant with recent Canadian work experience in addition to foreign work experience can gain extra points.
3. Arranged Employment
Subject to the National Occupation Classification, candidates can get additional 50 or 200 points depending on the level of offered position. Nonetheless, it is important to note that if the candidate does not have a work permit, the employer who is recruiting the applicant needs to acquire a positive LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) prior to extending a qualified job offer to the candidate.
4. Spouse Or Common-Law
It is counterintuitive to a lot of individuals that having a spouse or common-law partner who is a Canadian or permanent resident in Canada does not assist with their score under Express Entry. The rationale is that these candidates can apply for permanent resident status under family class.
Except if your partner is accompanying you to Canada, you are not getting points in spouse or common-law section. Regardless of whether your spouse or common-law partner accompanies you to Canada, it does not necessarily assist with working on your score, as the amount of points you earn for core and human capital factors are scaled. This means that you may lose or gain points for an accompanying spouse.
5. Post-Secondary Education
You can receive up to 100 plus points for holding a doctor level university degree. If you have obtained your post-secondary education in Canada (depending on the length of the education program), you can receive some additional points. Candidates can often earn extra points for having work experience or high language scores in conjunction with post-secondary education.
Note: Please be advised that the above-mentioned is only a non-exhaustive list of factors that can boost your Comprehensive Rating Score (CRS) score under express entry. There are other numerous factors that can help to improve your score such as obtaining a certificate of qualification in trade occupations and getting nominated by a province where you intend to reside. None of these will work in the applicant’s favour without his/her proactive effort. For the more information on Express Entry, please refer to the related government website or speak with an experienced immigration lawyer.
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