Breaking news! Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited another 3,350 candidates for Canadian PR (permanent residence) through the Express Entry draw held on the 20th of March. This marks the second consecutive draw issuing 3,350 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to qualifying candidates but this most recent draw dropped the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) requirement by two points.
Do you want to immigrate to Canada quickly? Then Express Entry is for you. Discover everything you need to know about the system to qualify, details about the latest draw and what it means for you, and why an immigration agent improves your chances of coming to Canada below.
How Does the Express Entry System Work?
Canada is in great need of Skilled Workers. For this reason, the country developed the Express Entry (EE) system to speed up processing times for immigration applications. The system aims for processing times of as little as six months; however, the majority of applications get processed in even fewer months. The EE system manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three Federal skilled immigration programs namely, the Skilled Worker Program, Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class.
Applicants who want their applications processed through this system need to meet the minimum requirements of one of the programs mentioned above, create a separate online EE profile and they must be chosen during an EE draw, which typically takes place once every two weeks.
How to Apply for Express Entry to Canada
As mentioned previously, you will have to create an online EE profile to qualify for Express Entry. To do this, you will be asked a series of questions on your background information, including your age, work experience, language ability, education, ability to adapt to life in Canada and several other factors. The answers to these questions will be used to calculate your CRS score. This will be a number out of a possible 1,200.
Once you have received your score, you will be entered into the EE pool of candidates. Your CRS score is used to rank you against other profiles in the pool. The IRCC then holds regular EE draws to invite the highest ranking candidates for Canadian PR. They set the date and the total number of invitations to be issued for each draw and thus determine what the minimum CRS score is going to be.
If you want to secure yourself an ITA in the next draw, you will have to make sure that your CRS score is the highest it can possibly be. One fail proof way to do this is to earn a provincial nomination through one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs. This will net you an additional 600 CRS points basically guaranteeing you an ITA in the next draw.
20th of March Draw
The latest EE draw, which was held on the 20th of March, issued 3,350 ITA to qualifying candidates. The minimum CRS score was 452, two points lower than the previous draw held on the 6th of March. The tie-break rule was implemented and used the timestamp, February 7, 2019 at 9:59:25 UTC. Candidates with a CRS score of more than 452 and those with a score of 452 who entered the EE pool before the timestamp, were issued ITAs.
The tie-break rule is used when there are several candidates with the minimum CRS score but there are only a set number of ITAs left. The candidates who entered their profiles first then get issued the ITA. Though Canadian immigration typically follows a merit-based system, this is one of the few instances where a first come first served approach is adopted. For this reason, it is important that you complete your application as soon as possible!
The drop in CRS could be explained by the fact that only two weeks passed between the last two draws. The more time there is between draws, the higher the CRS cut-off score becomes. More time lets more candidates enter the EE pool which creates more competition between profiles, thus driving up the CRS requirement.
Because the IRCC has set the highest EE target in 2019 than ever before, we believe that they will have to have larger and more regular draws throughout the year. Larger and more frequent draws will certainly see the CRS score dropping to lower levels making 2019 the best time to immigrate to Canada.
Applying for EE is best done with the help of an immigration specialist, like CanadianVisa.org. Our team of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs), have the expertise to improve your application’s chance of success. We will ensure that your application exceeds the standard and is delivered on time. The first step is determining whether you qualify for EE.
We will make this process easy for you. Using our easy 5-minute online questionnaire, we will go through over 70 different immigration programs, including those managed by the EE system, to find the options that best match your profile and you are most likely to succeed with. Once, we have determined the programs you qualify for, we will represent you on your application, handle all the paperwork and make your journey to Canada as easy as possible. Signup today to find out if you can come to Canada using Express Entry!