Are you hoping to move to Canada as a skilled worker? Perhaps even become a permanent resident? Then you should know all the tips and tricks for increasing your chances of getting your visa application approved.
Whether you just started your visa application process, or you’re not sure how to apply for your visa, it’s important that you understand how the Canadian immigration system works so you could increase your chances of approval.
The main immigration programs are Express Entry Canada and PNP Canada. Both require a certain amount of visa application points, known as CRS scores, to select the most suitable candidates for immigration. Let’s explore these programs:
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Express Entry Canada
Express Entry Canada launched in 2015 and became one of the most popular Canadian immigration programs for skilled workers. You can apply for 3 visa types under Express Entry:
Federal Skilled Worker Class
Canadian Experience Class
Federal Skilled Trades Class
If you are just starting your visa application process and haven’t received your work permit yet, you will need to choose either the Federal Skilled Worker Class or Federal Skilled Trades Class.
If you do have a work permit and are currently residing in Canada, you will need to apply for Canadian Experience Class to get permanent residency.
The Provincial Nominee Program is a similar fast-track immigration system, designed to help fulfill demographic and financial goals in each of Canada’s provinces and territories.
This means that if you submit your visa application for PNP Canada, you might be invited by one of the provinces to live and work there for at least 1 year. This is called a “Provincial Nomination”. You will receive this nomination if your qualifications and occupation are in-demand.
PNP Canada requirements for skilled applicants are often considered “easier” than Express Entry requirements. You can read about the top 5 easiest provinces to obtain permanent residency.
Canada CRS Points
You must have a minimum of 67 Canada CRS points on your visa application to qualify for Express Entry Canada or PNP Canada. These points are calculated based on 6 selection factors:
Age – 12 points max
Education – 25 points max
Language skills (English / French) – 28 points max
Work experience – 15 points max
A Job offer – 10 points max
Adaptability (or: sponsorship) – 10 points max
The higher your CRS score, the better chances you have of getting approved for immigration. This is why you should consider ways to increase your CRS score. Remember that you are applying alongside thousands of other applicants and you must stand out among the others.
Comprehensive Ranking Score – How to improve it?
The number of CRS points needed to get invited for your application can be increased even after submitting it. If you want to increase your chances of getting your visa approved, or getting permanent residency, we have some great tips for you.
Here’s a long list of options for you to increase your CRS score so you could get ahead of other candidates. We recommend doing as many as you can to make your profile more prominent.
These are the options you can choose to increase your Canada CRS points and increase your chances of approval:
Mention having relatives in Canada. A family member who is a permanent resident in Canada guarantees you 15 points. You can be related by blood, through adoption, or by marriage.
Mention Your Educational Attainment in Canada. If you have studied in Canada previously and have a certificate or degree, this can significantly help your CRS score. Alternatively, you also have the option to obtain a student visa and later apply for a PR work permit.
Even a 1-year diploma that was achieved 8 years ago can help you claim points so long as it is valid. For your credentials to be valid, you must have attained it within the Canadian border. To verify, get an ECA report to prove your educational attainment.
Express Entry considers your educational attainment whether you gained work experience in the field you studied or not.
Learn both the French and English languages. You will be required to attend an IELTS exam or equivalent to prove your English proficiency – if you don’t come from an English-speaking country.
Even if you scored a qualifying grade, it’s recommended to try and improve it. Also, consider taking the French exam to prove additional language skills in Canada’s second primary language. This will shine a brighter light on your visa application.
Generally speaking, knowing more than one language (even if your second language isn’t English or French) will give your CRS score a boost.
Sometimes, claiming CRS points on all eligibility criteria and adding in some extra skills might not be enough. Go the extra mile to achieve the best possible chances. If you’re not sure whether you should, you can always consult with RCIC professionals.
Here are a few additional options you can take advantage of:
Attend to your language skills exams. As mentioned, you should consider retaking your language exams for a better score. A higher score will boost your CRS points and showcase your abilities. If you have a spouse or common-law partner, they should consider doing the same.
Gain more work experience. Try gaining work experience in Canada with a temporary work permit (instead of a PR work permit), or earn more years in your field in your home country. The more work experience you have the more points you can earn.
Enter in Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). Apply for Express Entry Canada and PNP Canada. Receiving a Provincial Nomination will instantly boost your CRS points to the max and you will be invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada.
Expand your educational attainment. Take more classes or course in your field or other to increase your range of skills and diplomas. Your academic qualifications have a huge impact on your CRS points. To be more specific, you can earn up to 100 CRS points under the skill transferability factor.
Make a great case of your profile’s eligibility by completing an educational program in Canada. If you lack any sort of academic qualifications, consider studying for a 3-year bachelor’s degree to increase your CRS score.
There are dozens more options to increase your CRS score for Canadian PR aside from those mentioned. To help you diversify your options, contact Great North Visa for consultation services today!
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