The Canada Express Entry Pool is flooded with thousands of candidates who have profiles with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores below 400.
The most recent snapshot provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, dated April 19, 2018, reveals that of a total pool size of more than 82,500 candidates, more than 51,000 score between 301 and 400 CRS points. How can these candidates immigrate to Canada?
With Canada Express Entry now in its fourth year inviting new economic immigration candidates, the draws so far in 2018 have a settled look. Minimum Comprehensive Ranking System scores between 440 and 450 have been recorded in seven out of eight draws, while the ITA numbers have peaked at 3,500.
For the 26,500 profiles in the pool with scores between 401 and 450, improving their CRS score by a few points could make all the difference. Improving language test results, boosting work experience or adding a spouse or common law partner as a secondary applicant are all good ways to tip the balance.
But for those with scores below 400, just adding a few points to their score is not enough. What can these candidates do to receive the coveted Invitation to Apply?
Express Entry Job Offer
While the number of CRS points available for a job offer was reduced in changes made in November 2016, it remains the single most efficient way of quickly increasing a score.
When Express Entry was first launched, all job offers backed by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) were worth 600 CRS points. The changes saw the points available drop to 200 or 50, depending on the skill level of the job. Senior managerial positions (National Occupational Classification 00) became worth 200 points, while all other qualified job offers (NOC 0, A or B) are now worth 50 points.
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The changes were made to weight the system more towards candidates with the core factors attributed to a candidate achieving long-term success in Canada. These include education, work experience and language ability. These are also factors that are difficult to quickly improve, and therefore score more points for.
Obtaining a qualified job offer remains the fastest way to convert a failing Express Entry profile into a successful one. A profile scoring 400 points is likely never to receive an ITA. That same profile with a qualified job offer scores a minimum 450 points, depending on the level of the job, good enough for an ITA in seven out of eight 2018 draws.
Provincial Nomination Programs
The Canadian government is placing increasing importance on provincial nomination programs to attract economic immigrants who meet specific provincial labour market needs.
The success of provincial programs – which allows Canada’s provinces and territories to manage their own immigration streams – will see Ottawa expanding the PNP allocation by 33 per cent between now and 2020.
This is good news for immigration candidates to Canada who do not meet the requirements of federal economic class programs. Expanded provincial thresholds means more chances of securing a coveted provincial nomination worth 600 points and a guaranteed ITA under Express Entry.
Canada’s Provincial Nomination Programs
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
A qualified job offer backed by a provincial nomination is another fast and effective way to receive the extra points needed to qualify for Canadian permanent residence.
How We Can Help: Individual Candidates
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