More Candidates Without Job Offers Accepted into Express Entry Draw

More Candidates Without Job Offers Accepted Express Entry Draw

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 Express Entry System Works

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.

Applicants Told to Improve Their Ranking

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 Facts

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.

Are You Interested in Applying for Express Entry?

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.


Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

  • sharma s.

    i am aphysiotherapist ,applied in express entry with 398 points.Is there anything by which I can increase my points.

    • Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hi Sharma,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! There are a number of ways to obtain points when applying for Express Entry. We would have to take a closer look at your case to determine your qualifications, as well as points you may be eligible for. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

  • chonalyn magtoto

    my express entry profile expired already bec it is difficult to fine a company in JObbank offering a job offer. I took IELTS General again with a total bandscore of 7.5 but my speaking is 6.0 and writing is 6.5. What chances do i have to be selected for ITA if ever? I dont understand how registering to JOBbank can help me have a job offer coz every job vacancy there requires every applicant to have a canadian license which is impossible to obtain while outside canada.

    • Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Chonalyn. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at
      Regards, Muga

  • Ashfaqur Razzaq

    Hi I am a Chemical engineer working for TansCanada as an engineer in the USA for last 4 years. I don’t possess US or Canadian PR. I have recently taken Pearson academic English testing with IELTS equivalent score of 8.0.
    I travel to Calgary often for meetings and possess B1 visa, I also studied one year in Canada for pre engineering in Newfoundland. I know having a PR would be very helpful for my situation but I don’t think I can get any company sponsorship at this moment due to down market. Please advice on cost, feasibility and possibility of supporting me with express entry.


    • Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Ash. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at
      Regards, Muga

  • Sanjay Patel


    i am 43 years old Software engineer, already in the express entry pool with required IELTS points, however with 285 CRS score what are the chances of getting the PR? what are the other options? am i qualifying for any PNP?

    • Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Sanjay. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at
      Regards, Muga

  • Haseeb

    Hi VisaPlace team,

    Can you please assist me in confirming if IELTS test is acceptable for Express Entry in which of following two:
    1. Academic-IELTS
    2.General Training-IELTS

    Please note, that I already have good score in Academic-IELTS, is it acceptable for ExpressEntry profile or I MUST get (General Training IELTS) for my Express entry profile?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Haseeb. You must have the General Training IELTS exam for Express Entry.
      Regards, Vahe

  • Shivani Rawal

    My husband is in canda and he as applied for our PR in express entry our total points are 429 and the express entry draw is not getting lower any change to get points increased. we are been waiting for PR since last 4 years now… can u suggest some alterante and my hubby is staying in cases since 2009..

    • Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Shivani. The best way to get your points increased is by looking into the Provincial Nomination Programs for the following provinces: Ontario, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick. We have been practicing Canadian immigration law for over 18 years, and we are regarded to be one of the country’s top immigration law firms ; we can certainly help you navigate the complexity of Canadian immigration. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at
      Regards, Vahe

  • Raghavendra

    Hi Team

    Am interested in starting the process for Canada PR, but am physically challenged person ( affected with polio ) . Do am eligible for CANADA PR process with express entry profile.

    looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks & regards

    • Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Raghavendra. Thank you for writing to us. You will need a medical exam to determine whether your condition poses a threat to public health, or if it will become a burden on the public health care system. If either of these conditions are deemed probable, then you will be considered to be ineligible for Canadian immigration. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at
      Regards, Vahe

  • Rooman

    Dear sir/ Madam,
    i would like to know that my area of study is electronics means that i have a 2 years master degree in electronics while i am doing a job in metal, steel engineering company as a supervisor.
    So my degree is related to Electronics but i have an experience of supervision in steel company means that my education and my experience are not the same so will it affect my score in express entry canada?

    • Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Rooman. The fact that your work experience does not match up with your education will not effect your Express Entry score. I will ask someone from our team of immigration professionals to contact you shortly to see if there is something that we can do to help you with your Express Entry.

      • Rooman

        thank you very much Vahe Mirzoyan. waiting for your professional’s reply.

  • yathin

    I have started my PR process in blore agency for Canada, in my report they mentioned my IELTS overall band should be 8( L-7.5,R-6.5-W-6.5,S-6.5), but in IELTS exam I got Overall6(L-6,W-6.5,S-5.5,R-5.5). May I know is there any alternative way I can reduce my ILETS Band requirement . I am single now, 8.5years of work exp, BE graduated. In Saudi working now.
    My question is under what reason my IELTS Band might reduce bcz my colleagues say my required Band IELTS difficult to get tht overall 8, they wont give you such marks maximum 6.5 to 7 in each topic.
    Can u pls guide me alternative way so that my required IELTS band will be less

    • Mira Freiwat

      Hello Yathin,

      Thank you for your inquiry. I do not know which Skill Level you are applying under nor what province as it does vary…generally speaking for Skill Level 0 or A, your requirement for IELTS is generally 7 for Skilled Work or 5 for Skilled Trade

  • Mira Freiwat

    Hello Abderrahman,

    Thank you for your post. Although the information you have provided me with is helpful to get an idea of where you stand in terms of credentials, but I would still need more details in order to fully assess your eligibility. Please click on this link and complete this FREE assessment so that I may review it and determine your qualifications as it applies to Permanent Residency here in Canada. MF



    I have a question on the way the age is calculated. Say I was born on 11 Dec 1971 , so my present age in 43 years and some days. So presently my age is considered as 43 or 44 ?

    Kindly advise as it has a major impact on my point.


    • Mira Freiwat

      Hello Jayanta,

      Thank you for your question. You can record that your age is 43 years old. MF

  • abderrahman choukri

    I am 29 years old Moroccan citizen , im currenly an internation student in usa and I got MBA from here. I am working as front desk ( 6 mouths) i had two years internship in association in morocco .
    im wodering if im eligible to apply for permanent residency of Canada and if there is any special process for my case.
    looking forward to hearing from you.

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