How Canada’s points system makes immigration easier for the right candidate and tougher for the wrong candidate.
Why is Canada the top-destination for skilled workers and international students today? One key factor is its merit-centric immigration system. So, if you want to study, work, or immigrate to Canada, then you need to understand how its immigration system works and plan your immigration strategy accordingly.
Why is that some people quickly qualify for an ITA and become direct permanent residents while others stay in the Express Entry pool for months or even years without getting close to the minimum CRS score to get an ITA?
This problem arises primarily because Canada’s points-based immigration system makes it very easy for the right candidate to immigrate and, at the same time, makes it very tough for wrong candidates.
So, if you are struggling to immigrate, then the smartest option would be to focus on ways to transform yourself into the right candidate.
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Understand How the Points Grid Works
A look at the Comprehensive Ranking System points grid shows how your immigration prospects are linked to your age, educational qualifications, language proficiency, and Canada experience.
A person with one-year degree or diploma gets 84 out of 140 points in the CRS criteria. If you obtain a Masters degree, your score jumps to 126 points.
The standard CLB 5 language proficiency will fetch 6 points while CLB 10 or higher means you get a total of 32 points, which is a very significant jump.
Canadian work experience helps boost your score, but this does not mean foreign work experience doesn’t count. If you have language proficiency is CLB 7 or higher and you have more than three years of experience, then you get 25 points higher than somebody with a lower score on language proficiency.
The 50-200 point boost through job offer and 600 point boost through provincial nomination grab all the highlight. However, these seemingly minor points can, if combined smartly, boost your CRS score and improve your chances of getting an ITA.
Hope is Not a Strategy
Merely hoping that there will be a massive draw for FSWP applicants once normalcy resumes or even hoping for another huge CEC draw is not a strategy.
To make your immigration dream come true, you need have a clear path leading to your goal. Not eligible under any skilled worker program? Find out where you are lacking.
Is your language proficiency pulling you down? Then that’s an area where you must work hard and boost your CLB/NCLC ranking. If you are going to work on language, then add French to your skills to boost your chances of qualifying for the Francophone work permit.
This can help you bypass the disadvantage of no work experience in Canada as well. Instead of just waiting to get an ITA, you can focus on the Francophone work permit and then use the Canadian work experience to easily qualify for permanent residence through Express Entry or any PNP stream.
Finding the Right Province for You is Key
Tech workers may love Ontario but that doesn’t mean you too should stick to that province only. Ontario’s home to one of the fastest-growing tech ecosystems in North America. So, it’s pretty natural for tech workers to hesitate to look beyond the Greater Toronto Area.
But what’s the point of sticking to Ontario if you are an energy professional or have a degree related to the bioscience sector? If you are the former, then Alberta is the smartest choice while the Atlantic provinces may offer the best opportunity for permanent residence if you work in the latter sector.
Working With a Professional Always Helps
If you are a professional yourself, then you probably have a clear idea of the benefits of working with an immigration professional and the risks involved in trying to apply on your own.
Not having enough points to qualify for an ITA may make you feel as if there is no other option but to wait for minimum CRS scores in draws to fall. However, that’s not a real strategy, is it?
You need to be proactive in boosting your immigration prospects, which means knowing where you are falling short and taking steps to counter the same. Contrary to what you think, qualifying for an ITA may be as simple and easy as boosting your language proficiency or simply choosing the right province.
The services of an immigration professional will be a wise and valuable investment that can make a huge difference to your chances of immigrating and settling in Canada.