In an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence through the Express Entry system, A Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is one of the most critical factors in receiving your ITA.
What Is Included In A Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score
The maximum score you can get as an ITA candidate is 1200 points. The score involves two categories of 600 points each. The first category includes core, spousal, and skill transferability components. The second category includes additional components like having a provincial nomination, arranged employment, Canadian post-secondary education credentials, French language proficiency, or a sibling in Canada.
If you are a candidate in the Express Pool for entry into Canada, it is vital to update your profile information as it will affect the CRS score.
Checking Your CRS Score
It would be best to check your CRS score before applying for Express Entry into Canada. However, you should know that only Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) can give you an authentic CRS score after submitting your supporting documents into the Express Entry system.
Online calculators, including the one the IRCC uses, are only as effective as the information you feed them. Therefore, you should note that your initial CRS score will not be your final result, as many online CRS score calculators have plenty of inaccuracies.
Nonetheless, it is vital to check your CRS score because it gives you a good idea of where you would rank on the Express Entry system. You can hence determine what to add to your profile and what else you can do to improve your CRS score. You should always ensure your CRS score is high enough to receive an invitation to apply (ITA) and find ways to improve it.
Age is a crucial factor in the Express Entry system. If you are between the ages of 20 and 29, you will automatically receive 110 CRS points. The number of points you get will reduce gradually until age 45 when you get 0 points. The Express Entry system automatically starts deducting points once you hit age 30. Therefore, you should apply for the ITA as early as possible.
Language proficiency is another crucial deciding factor in receiving an ITA. The Express Entry system will determine your language score based on four criteria: reading, speaking, listening, and writing. Each category will get a separate Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) rating. You need a CLB of 4 to start gaining points, but you should know there is a significant difference between each level. You must have a rating of at least CLB 7 to qualify for the Express Entry system. Therefore, you should try and achieve a CLB 8 or 9 rating for better chances of an ITA.
If you didn’t know, French is Canada’s second most common language, so you get more points and a higher language score for French proficiency. French and English proficiency combined give you a higher CRS score and the best chance for Express Entry.