Increasing your points to become a Permanent Resident



Canada's Express Entry system is your ticket to becoming a permanent resident, and the key to success is maximizing your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. Here's a simplified guide on how to boost your points and increase your chances of securing an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence:


The CRS gives a score to a candidate based on the information in the candidate’s profile. These scores allow candidates in the pool to be ranked against each other. Applicants are given points based on the following factors:


  • Skills and work experience.
  • Education.
  • Language ability in English and/or French.
  • Language ability and education of the applicant’s spouse or common-law partner.
  • Possession of a job offer supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment.
  • Possession of a provincial government nomination for permanent residence.
  • Certain combinations of language skills, education and work experience that result in a higher chance of the applicant becoming employed.


There are several ways to increase your score while you're in the Express Entry pool.


1. Keep a Broad Perspective

Don't put all your eggs in one basket! Points can be scored in various areas, so it's crucial not to fixate on one factor. Evaluate each point-earning factor individually, and ask yourself: "How can I improve my score in this area?" Even small improvements in multiple areas can add up to a significant overall increase in your CRS score.

2. Get a Provincial Nomination

A provincial nomination is a fast track to the top of the Express Entry pool, offering a whopping 600 points. Staying informed about the unique priorities and categories of different provinces is crucial. Identifying a job sponsor employer can also enhance your chances.

3. Secure a Job Offer

Obtaining a job offer can earn you up to 200 points, dramatically increasing your chances of an ITA. To achieve this, combine a comprehensive job search with a visit to Canada. Meeting employers in person or attending employment fairs can significantly boost your chances.

4. Consider Hiring an Employment Professional

Employment professionals can help you enhance your digital resume, access a vast database of potential employers across Canada, and provide valuable tips to increase your chances.

5. Boost Your Education

Canadian education scores extra points in Express Entry. Consider completing recognized degrees and diplomas in Canada. Achieving a higher level of education through Canadian institutions or an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) can significantly enhance your points. Listing all your post-secondary qualifications can also improve your score.

6. Apply With Your Spouse or Partner

Choose the principal applicant carefully, considering qualifications and experience in trade and labor demands in Canada. Both partners can improve your CRS score by enhancing work experience, education, and language skills.

7. Increase Your Work Experience

Non-Canadian work experience counts under combination factors. More experience paired with better language skills can boost your points. Canadian work experience is highly valuable and earns its own points. Keep your profile up-to-date, as additional experience can lead to a provincial nomination.

8. Improve Your Language Skills

Improving language skills can result in better CRS scores. Achieving Canadian Benchmark Level 9 or higher can add an additional 100 points to your score. Bilingual candidates proficient in both English and French should get both languages assessed for maximum points.

9. Stay Informed

Canada's immigration rules are continually updated. Stay up-to-date with federal and provincial programs to adapt to changes before others do.

By following these tips, you can increase your CRS points, giving you a better shot at receiving an Invitation to Apply for permanent residency in Canada. So, embark on your journey to permanent residency with confidence!



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