Once you are eligible to apply in the Express Entry processing system, you could be surprised to find that your score is not as high as you thought.
One of the most important factors in attaining a high score is your language skills. Having a high English level has a big impact when applying under the Express Entry system. If you have not obtained a CLB-9 or CLB-10, I would recommend studying as much as you can before re-writing your English test.
Depending on your test results, you can obtain a score from 25 to 100 points for a level CLB-7 or CLB-9. This gap definitely makes a big difference in your standing in the Express Entry pool and could mean being called to apply for permanent residence, or not.
Another aspect to improve your Express Entry score is based on your education background. People who have not concluded their university degree, or any postgraduate education, in their own countries, must try to do it. Sometimes it is just a matter of paperwork at the university in order to obtain the credentials (certificates, diplomas or degrees).
When it comes to the language skills that the applicant has in the official languages (French and English), they usually say: “I just speak English, I don’t know how to speak French” or vice versa. Nevertheless, you only have to have at least a basic-intermediate level in the second language to obtain some points in Express Entry.
Depending on the profile of each applicant, it can be evaluated to determine whether there is any opportunity to get more points. Those points may be the difference between being eligible or not for the Entry Express system and being invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
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