2019 is the best year to immigrate to Canada thanks to the great immigration target of 330,800. To meet this new target, it is likely that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will have to relax some of their requirements. Seeing as Canadian immigration is largely managed by a point-based system it may be that the Canada immigration points you need to qualify will be lower than ever before.
So, if you are wondering how many points are needed for Express Entry in 2019, you have come to the right place. Though it is impossible to determine what the year’s minimum cut-off scores will be (only the IRCC knows), we can make some predictions about the points you will need to move to Canada this year.
What Point-based Systems Determine Express Entry Eligibility
There are actually two different points based systems involved with Express Entry (EE) if you want to immigrate to Canada using the Federal Skilled Worker program. Before we talk about the scores you need, you must understand the EE system a little better.
The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three federal immigration programs, namely the Skilled Worker Program, Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class. The majority of applicants apply for the Federal Skilled Worker program because its requirements are the easiest to meet if you do not have Canadian work experience.
To qualify for the Skilled Worker Program, you will need to score 67 out of a possible 100 on the program’s assessment grid, this is the first point-based system you will need to satisfy. Your score is determined by the following selection factors:
- Work experience
- Language proficiency
If you do not score enough points based on these factors, you will not be eligible for Express Entry (there is still, of course, the Federal Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class that you could also use instead).
Once you have met these minimum criteria, you can move on to the next stage which takes place in the Express Entry pool. In addition to applying for the Skilled Worker program, you have to create an online Express Entry profile which is measured according to the second point system, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Your CRS score is determined by several factors including age, language ability, marital status, adaptability, connection to Canada etc. This score is used to rank your profile in the EE pool against other profiles.
The IRCC typically holds EE draws once every two weeks. Profiles with the highest CRS scores are issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence. The number of invitations issued per draw is determined by the IRCC, in this way they also regulate the minimum cut-off score for CRS. Therefore, only the IRCC knows how many points will be needed for the next draw.
Our CRS Predictions for 2019
Seeing as we can only speculate about how many points are needed for Express Entry in 2019, we should first take a look at the EE draws of the year so far. There has already been six draws this year with varied minimum cut-off scores.
|Minimum CRS Scores For EE Draws of 2019|
|Date||Minimum CRS Score|
As you can see from the table above, the scores have varied quite significantly during the year. This can partly be explained by the inconsistent number of days that pass between the draws. Though they typically take place every two weeks, it is up to the discretion of the IRCC to decide when they are actually held. If more time passes between draws, it allows the EE pool to fill up with more profiles. The minimum CRS scores then rises because there is more competition between profiles. If there is less time taken between draws, the CRS score drops because there are fewer profiles in the pool.
The average score of the past 6 draws equals 448. If you can get your CRS score to be around this figure, you will probably have enough points for Express Entry. However, seeing as the Federal immigration quota is much higher this year, the IRCC will have to hold draws more often or they will have to have larger draws, both will likely result in the CRS dropping even lower than 448.
The following are hypothetical examples of the kind of profiles that will most likely receive ITAs in 2019. Remember, it is likely that there will be draws with even lower CRS scores than 448.
John is a 26-year-old businessman with two bachelor degrees under his name. He has worked in banking for the past 4 years and he has never been to Canada before. He scored well in all of his language tests. This brings his CRS score to 474 which is more than enough to earn an ITA.
Mary is a 28-year-old teacher with a bachelor’s degree in education and five years of work experience. She has earned a postgraduate degree in child psychology. She has intermediate English ability. Her CRS score is 475, which is just enough to earn an ITA in 2019.
Our best advice we can give you is to make sure your CRS score is the highest it can possibly be. There are several ways that you can raise your score like retaking your language tests or if you can earn a provincial nomination, you’ll get an additional 600 points added to your CRS score, basically guaranteeing you an invitation to apply during the next EE draw.
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