Express Entry is a points-based system introduced in January 2015 to manage permanent residence applications in economic class. It is not an immigration program itself. In other words, applicants still need to meet the requirements for other immigration programs, including Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class. Under Express Entry, applicants are assigned a score based on a list of factors such as age, the highest-level of education, official language proficiency, work experience. The most recent cut-off score as of January 9, 2019 is 449. Since the beginning of 2018, the cut-off score has been consistently over 440 except a few exceptions.
What Are The Ways To Increase Your Express Entry Score?
Most applicants are wondering how they can improve their score in order to increase their chance of getting invited. There are a few ways that an applicant can look into.
By improving English language abilities, the applicant not only receives additional points in language section, also in skill transferability section, if they have a post-secondary degree.
If the applicant is proficient in French, the applicant can receive up to 54 points.
2. Canadian Work Experience
Canadian work experience not only gives applicants points in this section, also additional points if they hold a post-secondary degree; further, it gives applicants additional points if they have foreign work experience.
3. Arranged Employment
Depending on the National Occupation Classification, applicants can get additional 50 or 200 points. However, it should be noted that if the applicants are not on work permit, the employer who is hiring the applicant has to obtain a positive LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) before extending an eligible job offer to the applicant.
4. Spouse Or Common-law
It is counterintuitive to a lot of people that having a spouse or common-law partner who is a Canadian or permanent resident in Canada does not help with their score under Express Entry. The rationale is that these applicants can apply for permanent resident status under family class.
Unless your partner is coming with you to Canada, you are not receiving points in spouse or common-law section. Even if your spouse or common-law partner comes with you to Canada, it does not always help with improving your score, as you get less points in Core/Human Capital factors as a result of your spouse.
5. Post-Secondary Education
You can receive up to 150 points for having a doctor level university degree. If your post-secondary education was obtained in Canada, depending on the length of the education program, you can receive additional 30 points.
There are other ways to improve your score such as obtaining a certificate of qualification in trade occupations and getting nominated by a province where you intend to reside. None of these ways work without the applicant’s proactive effort. This article was written in January 2019, as such, only represents the information up to January 2019. For the latest information on Express Entry, please refer to the related government website or speak with an experienced immigration lawyer at MEHDI AU LLP.
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