Getting Canadian Visa Becomes Easy For Indians: Min CRS Score Dropped Under 500 For Express Entry!

Canada’s latest Express Entry draw saw the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score drop below 500 for the first time since December 2020.

Getting Canadian Visa Becomes Easy For Indians: Min CRS Score Dropped Under 500 For Express Entry!


Score under 500

This happened on October 26 when the country held its most recent all-programme Express Entry draw.

Invitations were issued to 4,750 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 496.

Program restarted after 2 years

Candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) were all eligible to receive invitations.

The Express Entry program was paused since December 2020 which has now resumed this year on July 6.

For the first time since then the CRS has dipped below 500.

The last time the score was this low was on December 23, 2020 with a score of 468.

What this means

With the lowered score Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be able to increase the number of ITAs for permanent residents in Canada.

So far, between January and August 31, Canada has admitted over 28,000 new permanent residents through Express Entry programs.

A new Immigration Levels Plan is expected to be announced by November 1.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is the application management system for three Canadian immigration programmes: the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates in the Express Entry pool are already eligible for at least one of these programmes.

The express entry system is used to process applications of skilled workers looking to work and immigrate to Canada.

Points-based system

It uses a points-based system, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), to rank candidates’ profiles.

The top-scoring candidates receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and can then apply for permanent residency.

The CRS score is based on factors like age, education level, proficiency in French or English, work experience, spouse factors, and connections to Canada.

What next?

After the candidate applies, an IRCC officer reviews the application and decides if they are approved.

If approved, the candidate is now a permanent resident of Canada and one step closer to becoming a Canadian citizen.

There are ways to improve CRS score: retake the English proficiency exam- IELTS, improve your work experience, show a job offer from a Canadian employer, and get a nomination from a province.

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