As discussed in our video on Express Entry, the amount of points you get assessed for in Express Entry can mean the difference between immigrating an not immigrating.
Let’s review the requirements of Express Entry first.
To begin, there are minimum requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not mean you will be selected, but means you qualify to have your points assessed and enter the Pool of Candidates. Once in this pool, you will be compared against other people in the pool and assigned a score, which is based on a variety of areas, including your language, education, age, work experience, Canadian experience, etc.
Now let’s look at a typical example of a person who is in the pool of candidates in Express Entry.
The score is almost always between 440 and 490 points, so finding ways to increase your points is essential because it means the difference between immigrating and not immigrating.
An unmarried 33 year old with a Master’s Degree, IELTS score of CLB 7, and 3 years of professional work experience would obtain a total of 391 CRS points.
This person is missing roughly 50 points in order to be selected to receive an Invitation to Apply.
What if he goes back to school to obtain a PhD?
More education is always a great idea, not only for immigration, but for life!
However, in this situation, this is not an ideal plan.
Let’s supposed that a PhD would take an additional 2-4 years to complete.
Once obtained, this person would have an additional 15 points, which gives him a total of 406 CRS Points, which is still not enough to exceed the most recent cut-off score.
Despite the 15 points he gains, he would actually lose 11-22 points because he would still get older during the time it takes him to obtain a PhD.
What if he waits for a job offer or provincial nomination?
A job offer is always fantastic because it helps the person not have to worry about finding a job when he comes to Canada. However, this is not easy to obtain at all.
The employer in Canada would have to prove to the government that there aren’t any Canadian citizens or permanent residents who can do the job, which is extremely difficult to prove.
For a provincial nomination, it is certainly possible to obtain this, but not guaranteed at all, so it is not a good plan to wait and hope to get a nomination from a province.
Instead of waiting (and hoping!) for a provincial nomination, it is much, much better to be proactive and work towards getting a higher score in your IELTS exam.
How can you do this?
As a starting point, read our article on how to improve your IELTS score!
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