HOW TO IMMIGRATE TO CANADA WITH A LOW EXPRESS ENTRY SCORE
Updated: May 13
CRS SCORE OF 400 POINTS OR LOWER
Many of our clients get Permanent Residency in Canada through one of the programs managed in the Express Entry system. Jade typically begins the appointment by conducting a quick points calculation using the Express Entry Calculator to see what their CRS Express Entry score might be and check how competitive they are in the Express Entry pool.
If they do not have enough points for Express Entry and would not be competitive in the current pool of applicants, we offer a few tips and suggestions to help increase their CRS Express Entry score.
Apply through a Provincial Nominee Program. You will increase your CRS score by 600 points if you can obtain a nomination from a province or territory. Larger, more populated provinces, such as Ontario and British Columbia must nominate you to apply to their program. However, smaller provinces, such as Nova Scotia, allow you to apply directly to their pool through the Express Entry system. Not only would this boost your CRS score, but it would essentially guarantee Permanent Residency in Canada.
Improve your language test results. Language ability is worth up to 260 CRS points for a single Express Entry candidate. If you take the IELTS test, you’ll want to aim for the equivalent of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 9, or an IELTS score of 8, 7, 7, 7. Increasing your language score by just a half-point in one of the bands in IELTS can make a big difference in your CRS score. Further, if you speak both French and English, you might consider taking the French language test (the TEF), which would give you a higher language score and additional points. With this, you would also qualify for other programs (i.e. other PNPs).
Further your education. Younger applicants might consider completing a 1-year post-graduate certificate or a 1-year accredited master’s program (that is equivalent to a Canadian master’s) could make a big difference in your eligibility for Permanent Residency through the Express Entry system.
Remove your spouse from your application. If you remove your spouse from the application, you may be allocated additional points as a single person. Some clients do this to obtain PR and then sponsor their spouse once they’ve arrived in Canada.
Come to Canada temporarily to work or study. If you can get an LMIA-approved job offer, you could increase your CRS score by 50-200 CRS points, depending on the level of work. If you have skilled work in Canada, this will give you additional points and help you qualify for the Canadian Experience Class. In addition, if you come to Canada temporarily to pursue further education, a Canadian credential will help boost your CRS score.
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Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.
We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.