Did you know that your partner’s qualifications, experience and education could contribute to improving your immigration score? Well yes it certainly can!
Canada is one of a few countries who manage their immigration based on how valuable the applicant is. While Canada welcomes migrants, migrants must meet certain minimum requirements in terms of their character, skillset, education, health, if applicants in your field of occupation are needed and likely to be gainfully employed and so on. But with thousands of visa and residency applicants every year the process could prove very difficult to manage.
To address the problem Canada employs a points-based system to determine who would qualify for immigration. Considered one of the most sophisticated immigration systems in the world Canada is enjoying so many benefits from the system that the USA is considering initiating a similar process for their immigration management needs.
The core of the system is that applicants are awarded points for meeting certain criteria. This is known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Once the applicant has amassed 600 points their visa application is entered into the Express Entry system (this score is sometimes lowered a little but scoring above 600 points is the best). Once successful the applicant may then be invited to apply for a visa / residency.
The Express Entry system is essentially a pool of qualified talent from where Canadian employers can select the most appropriate applicant for a position they may have but can’t fill by a Canadian.
The better your points the better your chances of being invited to apply for a visa so it goes without saying that if your partner can contribute to your points their details should be included with yours as the main applicant. Your partner will then be able to live in Canada with you as a benefit of your visa.
Even a slight increase in CRS score can contribute to you receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence, and both partners, along with dependent children, are able to apply to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents.
Here’s how you do it
Individuals may create an Express Entry profile either as a single applicant or, if applicable, with a spouse or common-law partner.
Under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), used by the government of Canada to rank and select Express Entry candidates, candidates with a spouse or partner are assigned points slightly differently than single candidates.
The documentation required for a candidate to enter the pool is not always identical to the documentation needed to maximize a candidate’s CRS point total. In the case of an accompanying spouse or partner, there are several credentials that the accompanying spouse or partner can document in order to increase the principal applicant’s CRS score.
Up to 40 CRS points may be awarded for the spouse or partner’s level of education, language ability, and Canadian work experience. Of these points, 20 may be awarded for language ability, and 10 each for education and Canadian work experience. Therefore, if a spouse or partner sits a language test and/or obtains an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA, assuming that he or she did not study in Canada), the principal applicant may increase his or her CRS score. In addition, if the principal applicant or his or her spouse or partner has a sibling in Canada, a further 15 points may be awarded.