Here are 7 ways to improve your CRS score for Express Entry in 2021:

  1. Provincial Nominee Programs: By learning more about Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) you can potentially give your CRS score a boost of 600 points. A nomination from one of the provinces under Express Entry Provincial Nominee Programs adds 600 additional points to your overall CRS and in most cases will secure you an ITA in the next draw. Each of the PNP streams has its own criteria for selection and procedure thereafter, where the selection criteria keeps on changing depending upon the demand of that particular job profile in that particular province. Provinces seek candidates having specific work experience. PNP categories often open and close quickly, sometimes within days or even hours.
  2. Language: If you do not have a good score in your IELTS, CELPIP, TEF, or TCF exam, there’s room for improvement since the maximum points a candidate can score is 136 points (applying without a spouse) and 128 points (applying with your spouse). You can retake the IELTS as many times and replace old ones with new ones. English and French, both languages are the official languages of Canada and hence you can appear for exams for both of them and rack up points. 
  3. Work Experience: If you have non-Canadian experience (called foreign experience) which is less than 3 years, then we suggest you complete 3 years of work experience as that will yield you the most points. For Canadian work experience, you get points for every additional year up to a maximum of 5 years. Keep in mind that Canadian experience is awarded more points and also has a separate stream for people with Canadian work experience.
  4. Higher Education: Taking higher education in Canada may help you increase your CRS score. Education can add up to 230 CRS points, you can also consider taking up a diploma or a certificate course if you already have a degree whose program was of three years or more. These educational credentials are assessed by different organizations, so it would be wise to do a little research before starting a program.
  5. Job Offer: In most cases, obtaining a job offer can get you 50 additional CRS points. If you are not currently in Canada, obtaining a job offer can be difficult, but there are plenty of online resources where you may find employment opportunities. Please note that In order to claim points for a job offer through Express Entry, the job offer must meet a strict set of conditions.
  6. Spouse: Candidates with a spouse or a common-law partner may have additional potential for improving their CRS score. Your partner’s level of education, language ability, and Canadian work experience may all be rewarded. You can also put the candidate with a stronger profile as the primary applicant and get higher points.
  7. Sibling in Canada: You can score 15 additional points if your sibling is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada.

To check out your current CRS Score, use our mobile app’s CRS calculator and keep an eye on the latest draws using the mobile app too. Download the TrekNation App from here.


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