Recent draws under have seen minimum Comprehensive Ranking System scores in the region of 440 points. Historically, they have dropped as low as 415, but also been over 500.
The minimum score increases and decreases depending on:
- the quality of profiles in the Express Entry Pool at the time the draw is made, and
- the number of invites issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
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One of the key elements of the Express Entry management tool is that candidates can improve their scores while in the pool.
There are a number of ways for a candidate to boost their score. Some of them include:
- Get a job offer, worth 200 or 50 points.
- Achieve a provincial nomination, worth 600 points.
- Improve official language ability.
- Boost educational credentials.
- Add newly accrued work experience.
A candidate’s spouse can also contribute points to their profile in many of the above listed areas.
Quebec, meanwhile, is about to launch its own Expression of Interest system similar to Express Entry.
The system, called Arrima, is expected to go online in September 2018 and will also score candidates based on the profiles they submit to an Expression of Interest Bank.
How Does Quebec Expression of Interest Work?
- Candidates submit an online expression of interest profile to the MIDI.
- Profiles enter into an Expression of Interest pool, where they are ranked against each other and are valid for 12-months.
- Profiles will be classified in two categories: one for candidates who are living in Quebec or have a job offer and meet specific criteria, and the another for candidates living outside Quebec and meet specific criteria.
- The highest-ranking candidates will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for a Quebec Certificate of Selection under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.
- Quebec will conduct periodic draws, inviting candidates to apply for a Quebec certificate of selection (CSQ).
- Candidates receiving an invitation have 90 days to submit a full application.
- Approved candidates who receive a nomination certificate (CSQ) may then apply for Canadian permanent residence.