Are you among those people with a low CRS score who feel it may not be helpful to submit an Express Entry profile for Canadian immigration?
You may have been keeping tabs on recent rounds of invitations and see that most individuals who received an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence through recent draws scored above 460 and above on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
This can be a discouraging factor for a person who dreams of immigrating to Canada. However, we will show you many reasons why having a low CRS score should not discourage you from entering the Express Entry pool and eventually obtaining permanent residence.
The Express Entry pool is composed of candidates for three federal skilled worker immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Trade Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Once you enter into the Express Entry pool, you will be granted a score under the CRS based on factors that include education qualification, skilled work experience, age, and proficiency in English or French. This score will decide your ranking in the Express Entry pool and your chances of being invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Entering the Express Entry pool, if you meet the eligibility requirements will definitely increase your chances of immigrating to Canada. Here are some of the reasons.
First, Express Entry CRS thresholds are unpredictable. What may appear to you as a low CRS score may eventually allow you to get an Invitation for permanent resident status.
Secondly, after entering the express entry pool and scoring below the thresholds, you may decide to wait for the score to drop or look for ways to improve it.
For instance, you can work to increase your CRS score by retaking your language test, gaining more work experience, pursuing additional training or courses, or working and studying in Canada.
And if you are offered employment in Canada while you are in the Express Entry pool, your CRS score may also increase enough to get an invitation for permanent residence.
Thirdly, while the three federal programs are the major means by which many economic immigrants enter Canada, the Express Entry system is part of a broad national and provincial platform that provides many other immigration pathways to permanent residence for skilled workers.
Among them is the Provincial Nominee Program which allows participating provinces and territories Canada to choose foreign workers and international graduates for Canadian permanent residence through Express Entry-aligned streams.
If you have already tried several options to improve your CRS score, such as those highlighted above, then getting a nomination from a Canadian province remains an excellent option.
Once you have entered into the Express Entry pool and you are qualified for a PNP, you may receive a “Notification of Interest”, NOI from a province in Canada.
You will have to apply to the province and if approved, you will get what is called a provincial nomination which will automatically guarantee you additional 600 points towards your CRS score and practically assures that you will obtain an invite to apply for permanent residence.
Last week, Canada invited Express Entry candidates who had CRS scores of 813 and had previously received provincial nomination and therefore an extra 600 points toward their overall score. This means individuals who received an invitations in that round of invite would have required only a CRS score of only 213 for their human capital without the provincial nomination.
Therefore even if your CRS score is not sufficient enough for federal immigration programs, it does not mean that it will not be good enough for you to be invited by one of Canada’s provinces or territories, which can eventually lead to the issuance of a Canadian permanent resident visa.
Finally, Canadas immigration department has set the highest immigration targets in its history for the next three years.
Under its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada aims to welcome over 400,000 new permanent residents per year, of whom, about 110,000 are set to arrive via Express Entry.
These targets will continue to increase in future years, reaching a maximum of 113,750 in 2023. To meet these milestone records breaking targets, Canada will have to continue rolling out large numbers of Express Entry invitations and may even see much lower CRS thresholds in subsequent draws.
If you are considering moving to Canada, it may be advisable to enter the Express Entry pool even with a low CRS score, as there are many options to improve it and you will boost your chances of obtaining Canadian permanent residence.
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