How to improve your Express Entry Score?

Updated: May 11, 2021


Improve CRS Score - Immergity Immigration Consultant
Improve CRS Score - Immergity Immigration Consultant

The points of Express Entry, are assigned on the basis age, language skills, education, and work experience. The higher you score, the better your chances are of getting Canadian permanent resident status. Here are some tips to increase your Express Entry points:


1. Take IELTS Again

A good IELTS score can bag you about 160 points in the Express Entry pool. Aim high - the maximum rather than setting for the minimum. If you have a good IELTS score and have completed post-secondary education, you can claim 50 extra points in the Express Entry system.


2. Work Experience

Your work experience can help boost your Express Entry score. Ensure you meet the minimum requirements to claim the maximum points. Consider entering Canada as a student or temporary worker first. Canadian work experience helps elevate your Express Entry score.


3. Spousal Points

No, we are not asking you to get married to get more points. Duh!! But if you are married, your spouse can get you those additional points by way of Language scores (20 points), Canadian work experience (10 points) or getting an ECA(10 points).


4. Job Offer

Having a Canadian job offer can add up to 200 extra points to your Express Entry score. Monitor the Canadian Job Banks, speak to references, colleagues, friends, use private job sites, social media, and professional networks to try and secure a valid job offer. Networking with Canadian professionals and employers will also help securing some opportunities.


Improve Express Entry Score - Immergity Immigration Consultant
Improve Express Entry Score - Immergity Immigration Consultant

5. Education

Even if it is not related to your current job, mention all eligible education you’ve completed on your Express Entry profile and obtain an ECA for all credentials. Express Entry awards points for education regardless of the area of study and whether or not it relates to your current work. Read more

Gaining more education can result in a much higher CRS score. In additional to receiving CRS points for your level of education, with education you can gain a maximum of 100 points through the skill transferability factors section.

In terms of education, to maximize your skill transferability points, you must complete the following level of education:

  • Two or more post-secondary credentials, and at least one must have been for a program of three-years or longer.

More ways to add additional points to your CRS Score


6. Second Language

Claim points for both English and French under the CRS. If you have it flaunt it. Ensure taking an approved language test in both English and French to ensure that you’re getting as many points as possible. Bilingual candidates can claim bonus points.


7. Sibling(s) in Canada

The relationship can be through blood, adoption, marriage, or common-law partnership. If you, or your spouse/common-law partner, have a brother or sister living in Canada as a citizen or permanent resident, just prove the relationship and increase your CRS score increase by 15 points.


8. Provincial Nomination Programs(PNP)

Give your CRS score a 600-point boost by applying through PNP. Each province and territory has its own “streams” and requirements. Provinces and territories may target:

a. students

b. business people

c. skilled workers

d. semi-skilled workers


All of the above points have been explained in the video below:




Read more about the Provincial Nomination Programs here.

Disclaimer: These articles provide information of a general nature only. It may no longer be current. It does not give legal advice nor should you rely on it as legal advice. If you have specific legal questions, you should consult a lawyer. If you are looking for immigration advice, book an appointment.

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