The first Express Entry draw for this month took place on February 5th and will see 3,500 candidates receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut off score was 472. For more on the Express Entry System and how we can help you with your Canadian visa application when you're planning to move to Canada, see below.
What is the Express Entry System?
The Express Entry system was established in 2015 to address the issue Canada faces with regards to a shortage of skilled labour. Canada is the second-largest country in the world but simply does not have a population large enough to supply its labour force with enough skilled workers. To combat this issue, they have turned to immigration in the form of the Express Entry program, which fast-tracks the applications of viable candidates looking to make their way to Canada. This program has quickly become the most popular route of applying for permanent residence in Canada, attributed to the fact that Express Entry can get you to Canada in as little as 6 months.
Eligibility for Express Entry
Despite the popularity of the Express Entry Program, not everyone is eligible to apply. The eligibility criteria are subject to change and dependent on the situation of the applicant, but there is a general list of criteria that all applicants will be subject to. This list includes but is not limited to: age, level of education, occupation, level of skill and experience in that occupation, language proficiency in both English and French as well as the ability to adapt to life in Canada following immigration. How well a candidate fares in these categories is tallied according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which gives each candidate a CRS score. Candidates are then entered into the Express Entry pool and those with the highest CRS scores are issued with an ITA for permanent residence in Canada.
Express Entry Draws
Express Entry draws take place twice a month. This draw is made within the pool of candidates who have applied through the Express Entry program. The candidates in the pool who have the highest CRS scores receive an ITA for permanent residence. This invitation signals a period of 60 days in which the candidate has to submit their permanent residence application. Unfortunately, candidates who fall below the cut-off score will not receive an ITA when an Express Entry draw takes place.
How to Improve Your CRS Score
When you are in the Express Entry pool but do not receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence because your CRS score is too low, it does not have to signal the end of the road for you. There are a number of things you can do to improve your score. This includes going back to school to increase your level of education, retaking your language tests, or simply gaining more experience. Due to the flexibility of the Express Entry profile, you can log back in at any time to update your details, and claim points to increase your CRS score.
Where We Come In
At Canadian Visa, you can enlist the help of government trusted, experienced and professional RCIC’s (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants). Our immigration consultants have successfully assisted many other people to make the move to Canada through the Express Entry system by assessing your eligibility, taking care of all the admin related to your application and simplifying all the complicated information to give you the best chance of making your Canadian dream a reality.
Over 300,000 thousand people moved to Canada last year, and with the help of Canadian Visa, you have a pretty good chance of joining them! Start your journey today!