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As recently reported by CIC News, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) performed the latest draw from the express entry pool, and issued 925 invitations to candidates with more than 469 Comprehensive Ranking System points.
The latest results followed the announcement that the first few successful Express Entry applicants had already managed to obtain permanent resident status via the new electronic system.
Now that we’ve seen the results of the April 10 draw, we can safely say the bar for successful candidates appears to have now been lowered, as the very first four draws required successful candidates to have either a job offer or provincial nomination, allowing for an extra 600 CRS points.
Now, with only 469 CRS points required, candidates need neither of those things to be drawn from the pool, with up to 600 points available for various human capital factors including qualifications, age, work experience and language ability.
Although the bar has seemingly been lowered, so has the number of invitations issued. Therefore, it’s still recommended that you work on improving your various skills and CRS score as doing so will greatly improve your chances of being selected.
Attorney David Cohen said, “It is also the first instance of an increase in the minimum number of CRS points required in order for a candidate to be selected.”
He continued with some very wise advice to potential Express Entry candidates: “With this in mind, I would encourage candidates for immigration to Canada through Express Entry to make continual efforts to improve their profile and ranking. For example, candidates who make efforts to improve their language skills and re-take a language test may find that this will get them over the line, as may those who increase their level of education or add work experience to their profiles. It should be noted, however, that obtaining a qualifying job offer or provincial nomination remains the surest way of being issued an invitation to apply. Express Entry is a system that rewards proactive candidates.”
So, there are a number of different ways you can increase your CRS score for Express Entry – and remember, you can update your online Express Entry profile at any time.
Express Entry is the new electronic system used by CIC to select candidates that are eligible for a number of immigration programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Programs (FSTP), Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).
So far, a total of 6,851 invitations have been issued to candidates as a result of Express Entry, since its initial launch on January 1, 2015. Once you’ve been issued an invitation, you have 60 days to file your completed application, including all of the required supporting documents. It is advised that you submit your application as soon as possible after receiving your invitation. If you’re in any doubt, an immigration lawyer will be able to advise you.
With the bar so low, now has never been a better time to apply for Express Entry to Canada. At Visaplace, our job is to make you STAND OUT from the crowd. We will assess your case, highlight the best aspects of your application, and make sure that the government notices you!
Call us today for an assessment to see if you are eligible for Express Entry to Canada, or fill out our online assessment form.
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