Increase Your Express Entry CRS Points With These Tips

Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is the summation of total points scored for each of the following factors

  • Language skills
  • Adaptability
  • Age
  • Education
  • Work Experience

Profiles with highest CRS are sent Express Entry ITA (invitation to apply) from immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This scheme is a lure by the Canadian Government enticing skilled professionals from all around the world to immigrate and contribute to the development of Canada through their various expertise.

If after 12 months applicants fail to get an ITA due to low CRS, the CRS can be improved if the applicant is willing to put in more effort by improving on their Express Entry profile.

improving these factors can greatly affect your cumulative points.

  • Language
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Valid Job Offer
  • Choosing a primary partner/spouse who can earn more CRS points.


Canada has two official languages (English/French), in order to qualify for an ITA, your language proficiency skill must be high.

Language is a valuable factor, Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 7 and above required for the following language ability -reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Most applicants mention English as their primary language, however, if your primary language is English and you are proficient in the French language it should be added as a secondary language, this can boost your language scores.

Applicants should note that the highest language score for which points are awarded is CLB 10

If your previously submitted IELTS proficiency test is CLB 7, you can improve on your language ability to earn more CRS points.


Canada is home to quality and affordable education, with its robust and educated workforce, there is no dearth of reasons why Canada placed a huge emphasis on education.

Because of the high standard of education in Canada, most immigrants are required to submit Educational Credential Assessments (ECA). Degrees obtained outside Canada are scrutinized under ECA to determine if it equates Canadian educational equivalence.

It is the reports based on ECA that your CRS for education will be determined.

If your ECA is below required points, do not despair, you can try obtaining another degree that would be equivalent to Canadian ECA or acquire an educational degree in Canada.

Note: ECA is not required for candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades Class or the Canadian Experience Class to participate in Express Entry.

Work Experience

Canada’s National Occupation Classification (NOC), provides comprehensive information about job duties that are considered skilled. Getting additional work experience can boost your CRS points in the subsequent application, full time or equivalent part-time work experience attracts CRS points.

Note: Federal Skilled Worker Class applicants are required to have at least one-year continuous work experience in order to enter the Express Entry Pool.

Choosing Primary Partner/Spouse Who Can Earn More CRS Points

If your spouse/common-law partner can earn more CRS points in the pool base on the contributing factor, it is advisable to make him/her the primary applicant.

Valid Canadian Job Offers

Applicants with a valid job offer from a Canadian employer may earn additional CRS points depending on the job position. Candidates with job offers under these categories may earn more CRS points. (Eligible Occupations Under The Federal Skilled Worker Program)

  • Occupations under NOC 0, A or B level may likely earn 50 additional CRS points
  • Occupations under Major Group 00 Senior management Occupations may earn 200 CRS points.

However, the job offer must detail the job description/requirement, remuneration and conditions of employment.

The Canadian Express Entry has received tremendous positive feedback, if you are unsuccessful after the first attempt, carefully analyze your area of weakness and improve on them before applying again. With an improved profile in the Express Entry, you might just get lucky.

Whatever Your Decision!

We Wish You Best Of Luck!


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