Here’s some useful advice to help Express Entry candidates boost their CRS score.
Canada’s Express Entry immigration system is competitive. Individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada must be eligible for one of the federal economic immigration programs. Then, and only then, they may 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.
That’s Express Entry in a nutshell, but the details are more complicated than that. This page will clearly lay out the ways in which candidates already in the pool can increase their CRS score and ranking, thereby increasing their chances of being invited to apply.
Understanding the Comprehensive Ranking System
You have determined your eligibility for a federal economic immigration program, created an Express Entry profile, been assigned a CRS score… now you just sit back and wait to be invited to apply, right? Well, unless you have been assigned a particularly high score, this is indisputably the wrong approach!
By adopting a passive attitude towards your Express Entry profile, you may not be awarded all of the points you may be entitled to, and you may be missing opportunities to improve your rank among the candidates under the Comprehensive Ranking System. You have created a profile, but the CRS is a dynamic system and your score is not “locked in” — you can take steps to improve it.
Some improvements may only nudge your CRS score up a few points, but these points could make all the difference. Other improvements can bring as many as 600 additional CRS points, essentially guaranteeing that you would be invited to apply in a subsequent draw from the pool.