With the world economy reviving itself and countries implementing their respective post-pandemic recovery plans, Canada is on its course to welcome new immigrants over the next three years.
Canada is determined to issue temporary and permanent residency (PR) to eligible immigrants including skilled workers, international students, business individuals, and their families in the coming year. Economic-class pathways such as Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) in tandem with family immigration programs are expected to play a significant role in achieving the immigration goals.
However, in pursuit of increasing immigration, certain eligibility criteria may be relaxed or new pilot programs may be added to the existing list. Therefore it becomes even more critical for new applicants to stay updated with the current visa requirements.
Here in this blog, we continue to explore opportunities for applicants scoring a low eligibility score on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
Continue reading to know more.
Entering The Express Entry Pool With Low CRS – Good or Bad?
Are you intimidated by the results of the last few Express Entry draws?
Most Express Entry draws in 2020 followed by recent rounds of invitations saw most candidates above 460 on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada.
The results might be overwhelming for some and discouraging for many as new applicants look to enter the Express Entry pool in hope of receiving nominations for Canada PR.
However, we are here to explore the reasons why having a low projected CRS score should not discourage you from entering the Express Entry pool.
The federal Express Entry pool primarily manages the applicants qualifying for three federal skilled worker immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Any applicant entering the federal pool will be awarded a score under the CRS based on factors that include age, education, skilled work experience, and proficiency in English or French. This score is calculated out of a total of 1200 points while determining your rank in the Express Entry pool and by virtue, the chances of getting a Canada PR.
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Note: Towards the end of October 2020, IRCC introduced an addition to the CRS scoring pattern. Now candidates with bilingual abilities may fetch upto additional 10 points on their overall CRS score. Connect with our consultants to know more.
While there is no threshold CRS score required for any applicant in the federal Express Entry pool, there is a program-specific qualification, i.e., for the Federal Skills Worker Program, a qualifying score of 67 points out of 100 points is required to enter the pool.
This goes on to say that even if you are scoring less than the current qualifying CRS scores, there’s always a chance of improvement even while entering the pool. For instance,
- Express Entry qualifying CRS thresholds are unique to each nomination draw, i.e. they vary and thus remain unpredictable. Thus, an applicant with a low CRS score may eventually allow you to obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent resident status.
- Applicants with low CRS may choose to wait for the score to drop or look for ways to improve it, even while remaining registered in the pool.
You may retake your language test, gaining work experience, pursuing additional training, or working and studying in Canada to improve your existing CRS score. And if you are offered a job in Canada while you are in the pool, your CRS score may also increase.
Hang On, There’s a PNP option too!
Canada Express Entry is part of a broad national and provincial system that provides many other pathways to permanent residence for foreign skilled workers with work experience outside Canada as well as international graduates with work experience inside Canada.
If you have already tried several ways to improve your CRS, then consider getting a provincial nomination.
Provincial Nominee Programs, or PNP, allow 11 Canadian provinces and territories to choose and nominate eligible foreign workers and international graduates already registered in the federal pool to apply for a provincial nomination.
Upon receiving a “Notification of Interest” from a province, you will have to apply to the province within 60 days (may vary depending on the province). A successful provincial nomination will automatically fetch you upto 600 points towards your CRS score. It is enough to guarantee an ITA for Canada PR in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
Current Express Entry Draws Trend
IRCC started off with a PNP-specific Express Entry draws on January 6. It ended up inviting 250 eligible candidates having a minimum CRS score of 813. Effectively, it meant scoring over 213 points in core human capital factors and 600 points from a successful provincial nomination.
Canada returned to the period where it held back-to-back Express Entry draws with alternative nominations for Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates and those qualifying only under Canada Experience Class (CEC) on January 7.
It was this January 15 when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provided immigration minister Merco Mendicino a mandate letter. The letter was crucial in reorienting the focus on Canadian immigration in the post-pandemic world order. Further, it reaffirmed the importance of immigration to Canada’s economy and society.
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