Age is a significant consideration in immigration through Express Entry, and some applicants face consequences because of it. Here are a few tactics that applicants over 30 might use to increase their Express Entry CRS score.
When individuals submit an Express Entry application to come to this country, those who are qualified are ranked using a point system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) are the three programs included in the Express Entry application management system. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses the CRS, a points system, to rank applicants who wish to immigrate to Canada through any of these three programs.
The CRS begins by evaluating the attributes that the Canadian government refers to as “basic human capital criteria,” which include age, education, first language proficiency (in either English or French), second language proficiency (in either English or French), and Canadian job experience.
For these purposes, the first factor on the list above—age—will be our main emphasis.
For Express Entry candidates between the ages of 20 and 29, Canada’s CRS system awards the most age points (100). The points you obtain in the age category will gradually drop each year if you are 30 or older (95 points for an applicant aged 30, 90 points for a 31-year-old applicant and so forth). Candidates who are 45 years of age or older receive no points under the CRS’s age category.
Thankfully, a candidate’s chances for Express Entry are not dashed just because they are 30 or older. If they are applying at or after the age of 30, there are numerous options for prospective Express Entry applicants to increase their CRS score.
Receiving a nomination through one of the Express Entry-linked improved Provincial Nominee Program streams in Canada is one way for applicants to raise their CRS score. In fact, gaining a provincial nomination through a PNP is the greatest approach to optimise a CRS score and get invited to apply for Canadian permanent residency because it can add an extra 600 points to the applicant’s score.
All Canadian provinces and territories (with the exception of Quebec and Nunavut) have PNPs, which are used by each region to nominate applicants for permanent residence who are interested in relocating to that region.
There are currently over 80 national PNP streams open to potential Canadian immigrants across Canada’s 11 PNPs. This is done to spread the benefits of immigration across the country, especially given that Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec have historically received a disproportionate share of Canadian immigration.
An Express Entry candidate can submit their certificate to their Express Entry profile and obtain the 600 CRS points available if they apply to a PNP and receive an invitation to apply, apply, and receive a provincial nominee certificate. Again, this will practically guarantee they receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Applying through Express Entry while holding a legitimate job offer that is in writing and includes all job requirements, such as compensation, duties, and employment conditions, is another approach for applicants to increase their CRS score. This tactic is actually one of the finest ways to raise a candidate’s CRS score because candidates who have a legitimate work offer can raise their CRS score by 50 or 200 points, depending on the role.
The CRS score of a candidate can be raised in a number of different ways through work experience. First of all, a candidate can increase their score by gaining more work experience. Moreover, applicants can benefit much from properly describing their current work experience.
Another essential component of CRS scores that belongs to the category of “basic human capital variables” is language proficiency. To assess an applicant’s skill in English and French, the larger category of language is divided into first language ability and second language ability. Any Express Entry application must include this section because it can contribute a large amount of points to an applicant’s CRS score.
A single applicant may receive between 128 and 136 points for language proficiency, which is measured by how well they can write, read, speak, and listen (more on this later).
Furthermore, because of its ability to count for points across multiple sections, the language category is useful for increasing CRS scores. Language, as an individual element of the CRS, can count for points in 4 larger categories: human capital factors, spousal factors (if applicable), skills transferability, and “additional factors.”
Furthermore, language can be combined with other factors such as education to improve an applicant’s CRS score even further.
Example 1: A candidate with one or more years of post-secondary programme credential + a first language Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in one or more abilities (and one ability at CLB 9) can earn 13 CRS points.
Example 2: A candidate with two or more post-secondary program credentials (at least one of which is at least three years long) and CLB 9 or higher in all first language abilities can earn 50 CRS points.
Education, another component of “core human capital factors,” can be worth 200 to 250 CRS points depending on where the applicant obtained their credential (inside Canada or outside of Canada). As a result, obtaining additional credentials, such as another degree or an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for an existing degree, can assist applicants in increasing their Express Entry CRS score.
In some cases, Express Entry applicants may discover that their spouse or common-law partner has a higher CRS score than they do. In such cases, it may be prudent to consider swapping the primary applicant and the dependent spouse or common-law partner.
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