Express Entry is one of the fastest ways to apply for Permanent Residency (PR) in Canada. Unlike other programs
Get better results while applying through Express Entry [EE]
Express Entry is one of the fastest ways to apply for Permanent Residency (PR) in Canada. Unlike other programs, with EE, applicant profiles are evaluated and assigned a score using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Applicants are invited to apply for permanent residence, as the primary goal of this program, depending on the scores that are drawn out for each lottery date.
The minimum score needed to receive an invitation is not fixed. It changes weekly depending on the highest-ranking candidates in the pool and the number of people who apply at the moment. From a maximum of 1200 points, the minimum score for 2017/2018 had an average of 440/450 points respectively.
The points are made up of different categories included in the profile such as education, work experience, age, relatives in Canada, English and French levels.
There are certain situations in which you can control the number of points obtained, and work to achieve a better score, but there are situations whereby nature, you can not control them.
For example, people between 20 and 29 years of age receive more points, but if you are out of this age range, you can’t do anything to improve your situation simply because you cannot turn back time to change your age.
On the other hand, you can improve your situation by upgrading your studies; perhaps by studying a Masters degree, concluding an unfinished career, French studies, or improving your language abilities in order to have a better score on your IELTS exams (International English Language Testing System) or TEF Canada (Test d’Evaluation de Français).
It is not necessary to have worked or studied in Canada to be eligible through Express Entry, a person that has never been to Canada and receives excellent scores on their English and French exams, along with one or more Masters degrees; have great opportunities of being invited to apply.
There’s also an additional points section that’s included in your EE application. These additional options sum up to 600 plus points on your profile. For example:
- If you have a brother or sister living in Canada as a Permanent Resident or Citizen
- Score higher than NCLC 7 on all four French tests and CLB 5 or higher in your English test
- Get a Canadian post-secondary education of more than 2 years.
- Obtain a provincial or territorial nomination.
To sum up, the best options to improve your score in Express Entry are the following:
- If your score is not good enough, you can always retake English or French exams.
- Look at obtaining masters degrees or other post-secondary studies as the more studies you have completed and recognized in Canada, the better your chances are.
- Obtain a job offer from a Canadian employer, supported by an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment). It will add up to 50 points to your profile.
Take into consideration the time investment needed for these options. Depending on your current age, you could decrease your points forage if you choose to improve your education. For example, if you are 28 at the time that you opt to start a Masters degree to increase your EE chances, at least two years will pass until you can apply with the new educational certification to EE.
Applying with a spouse also adds points to your overall score.
As part of the Free Assessment Services that we offer, we calculate your approximate points to let you know your chances and discuss how we can help.