Your success in the Express Entry draw is largely dependent on your understanding of the immigration program you are applying for and its Canada immigration eligibility requirements. There are over 100 Canada immigration programs with complex overlapping but also often distinct eligibility requirements. You must be clear about your suitability for any program and work out a strategy to ensure success.
You also must first create an Express Entry profile with IRCC. If you’re eligible and you have created a profile, IRCC will: 1) place you in a pool with others who are also eligible 2) give you a score and rank you using several factors 3) invite you to apply to be a permanent resident of Canada (if you’re one of the top candidates who meet the minimum CRS points for a draw)
Completing an online Express Entry profile or entering the pool does not guarantee that IRCC will invite you to apply for permanent residence.
NOTE: A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool although additional CRS points are awarded to those who already have a job.
How’s the CRS score calculated?
Express Entry candidates are given a score out of 1,200 based on the four major sections: A. Core / human capital factors: e.g. Age, Education, Canadian Work Experience and Language proficiency. These are considered as key to economic success for immigrants.
B. Spouse or common-law partner factors: e.g, the accompanying spouse or common-law partner’s Language proficiency, Education, and Canadian Work Experience.
C. Skills transferability: additional points based on a combination of factors, e.g a combination of your Education, Language proficiency, and/or Non-Canadian Work Experience.
D. Additional points: e.g. 600 additional points for a nomination under one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, and other additional points for a valid job offer, etc..
The table below summarizes the maximum points that can be awarded for each factor.
Maximum CRS points with spouse/partner
Maximum CRS points without spouse/partner
A & B. Core/human capital factors
Canadian work experience
Total A & B.
C. Skill transferability factors
Combination of (i) Education and (ii) Language proficiency OR Canadian work experience
Combination of (i) Non-Canadian work experience and (ii) Language proficiency OR Canadian work experience
Combination of (i) a Certificate of qualification and (ii) Language proficiency