The latest Express Entry draw continued the trend of issuing 3,600 Invitations to Apply for Canadian permanent residence. The minimum CRS cut-off score for this draw was 462. Express Entry is by far the most popular route for applying for permanent residence in Canada. The reason this route is chosen by so many is due to the fact that Express Entry can get you to Canada in as little as six months. It’s important to note that despite its popularity, not everyone is eligible to apply through the Express Entry Program. To explore more of the specifics, news on the latest Express Entry draw as well as how we can help you join the next batch of hopeful candidates, continue reading.
1. What is the Express Entry Program?
The Express Entry program was established in 2015 to address the issue Canada faces with regards to a lack of skilled workers. Despite being the second-largest country in the world, Canada does not have a population large enough with which to support its economy or labor force. Express Entry is an immigration program that aims to address this issue by sourcing skilled workers from other countries. This is made possible through fast-tracking the applications of eligible candidates to fulfill the needs of the Canadian labor market at any given time.
2. Who is Eligible?
The eligibility criteria for the Express Entry program is subject to change and are dependant on the specific case of the applicant. However, there exists a list of general criteria that everyone in this program will be subject to. These criteria include but are not limited to level of education, occupation, level of experience in the designated profession, age, language proficiency in both English and French and the ability to adapt to life in Canada following immigration. How well a candidate fares in these categories is measured according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which gives each candidate a CRS score based on the information they provided in their Express Entry profile. The candidates with the highest CRS scores are the ones who receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) when the Express Entry draw rolls around. The draws take place on a bi-monthly basis. Once an ITA has been issued, the candidate has a period of 60 days to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
3. When Your CRS Score is too Low
Having a CRS score which is not high enough to receive an ITA in an Express Entry draw is a real bummer. However, all hope is not lost. There is a range of things you can do to increase your CRS score, which increases your chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply in future draws. This includes furthering your education, retaking your language tests to get a better score and improving your experience within your designated profession. The nice thing about the Express Entry profile is the fact that you can log back in at any time to update the details which affect your Comprehensive Ranking System score.
Where Do We Come In?
With the help of experienced RCIC’s at MDC, the process of applying to immigrate to Canada will be a lot less daunting. Our services include making sure that your Express Entry profile is the best reflection of you as a candidate to avoid any mistakes. Sign up today to explore your options to immigrate to Canada.