Just calculated your CRS score and worried about your limited options of immigration to Canada? We have a tailor-made plan for your successful Canadian immigration on a low CRS score.
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a unique scoring and ranking system that is designed exclusively for the Canada Express Entry system. The registered Expres Entry profiles are stored hierarchically on the basis of CRS.
Canada Express Entry System is not a visa category but a database of interested foreign nationals who are aspiring to immigrate to Canada based mainly on their work-skill knowledge. The system manages applications under three federal economic immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skill Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. Apart from it, at least one stream of every Canada Provincial Nominee Program is linked to the Express Entry system.
The CRS score is based mainly on four core human capital factors like Age, Education, Work Experience, Language Proficiency in English or French. However, additional factors like a valid job offer in Canada, spouse’s adaptability skills, provincial nomination, etc. may add extra points to the overall CRS score.
What to do when your CRS score is below 400?
The fact that the chances of receiving a direct Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada is low does not mean you shouldn’t apply. You might be eligible for Canada provincial nomination or under specific program Express Entry nomination draw.
- With your excellent language skills in French, you could apply for the Ontario French-speaking stream, New Brunswick French scheme, and Quebec;
- Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and PEI have some occupations in demand and regularly send invitations so you could apply if your occupation is listed in their in-demand skills lists;
- Manitoba and New Brunswick have special schemes for people with family ties to their province;
- Finally, if you can get a job offer in Canada, the destination province will certainly nominate you under some scheme.
Moreover, a valid job offer will give you an additional 50 points which means you will become eligible for Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream, crossing CRS score 400.
Specific Program Express Entry Draw
Apart from the usual all-program Express Entry nomination draw conducted fortnightly by IRCC, it also conducts a specific program draw targeting those semi-skilled aspirants under the Federal Skill Trades Program that have low CRS scores compared to the minimum CRS score in the usual draws.
Two such draws were conducted in 2019 and the minimum CRS score was below 400.
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6 simple steps to improve your CRS score
In recent times, the minimum CRS score in all-program Express Entry nomination draw has remained in the range of 460-472 for the ending half of 2019 till January 2020.
Although Canada is target to increased intakes of newcomers under Express Entry in 2020, securing a high CRS score will open more options for your Canadian immigration. Here are a few things which you can follow to improve your CRS score:
- Language: By just improving your language proficiency in English or French, you can earn a maximum of 260 CRS points. You may extra points for each improvement in test results across the four language abilities (speaking, listening, reading, writing). However, the real improvement comes in when a candidate achieves a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 9 in each ability.
- Work: It is important to note that the Canadian work experience is more valued than non-Canadian work experience. If you have less than three years of full-time experience, keep working as the threshold for gaining maximum points is up to five years and more.
- Study: Having a degree from a Canadian institute will definitely fetch you extra CRS points. Therefore, plan your study abroad in Canada before applying for Express Entry! Also, candidates with two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees may be able to claim extra points under the education section.
- Spouse: Your spouse’s adaptability factors like level of education, language ability, work experience can have a positive effect on your CRS score. Up to 20 CRS points are on offer!
- Provincial Nominee Programs: A successful provincial nomination can fetch you up to 600 CRS points.