Record low Express Entry CRS Requirement- CRS dipping below 450 levels

Canada, 23rd February: In a latest development, a record low Express Entry CRS requirement was noted. Under 2017 Canada Express Entry, Canada immigration officials conducted 5th round of invitations.

Canada announced a record low Express Entry CRS Requirement
Canada has a record low Express Entry CRS Requirement touching 441 levels

Record low Express Entry CRS Requirement

The lowest Express Entry CRS requirement was noted to be just 441. It’s a record low CRS(Comprehensive Ranking Score) and shows a continuous decline in the CRS requirement from previous draws.

It happens to be 5th Express Entry draw in the year 2017 which recorded the lowest CRS requirement score below 500. It is said to be the 7th draw since Canada immigration authorities reformed Express Entry CRS requirement in the month of November last year.

Record low Express Entry CRS Requirement—great news for Immigrants to Canada

It’s certainly great news for 3,611 candidates as well as their accompanying family members since they are already on their way to Canada. Latest Canada Express Entry draw took place on 22nd February, 2017.

The new CRS threshold simply means a wide variety of candidates can submit an application for Canada permanent residency.

New low CRS threshold will enable any candidate having a Bachelor’s degree and without any Canada work experience/study experience, and with no additional points for a provincial nomination/job offer, to get an ITA, provided the candidate is evaluated only for one language.

Let us see here the examples of how low CRS threshold will benefit a wider variety of applicants.

  1. An applicant aged 49 years without any study experience/work experience in Canada but having initial advanced French and advanced English ability and has already worked for more than six years in a skilled position(and having obtained a Master’s degree prior to working in a skilled position) enters Express Entry pool with 395 points. She got a qualifying job offer in Canada (in a non-senior management position) which got her a 50 point increase. So, she got an invitation to apply for getting 445 CRS points.
  2. Here is another example of a 29 years old candidate having a bachelor’s degree, advanced English ability along with three years skilled work experience overseas. She does not have any study experience/work experience in Canada. She got 443 CRS points as she has an accompanying spouse having Bachelor’s degree and advanced English ability.
  3. A 40-year-old single candidate got 442 CRS points and successfully got an ITA. He has two post-secondary education credentials including a Bachelor’s Degree in his home nation. He also possesses initial advanced language ability and has worked on a skilled job position overseas for five years before Canada immigration on Canada work permit. Here, he successfully worked for one year. He has neither a job offer nor a provincial nomination.

Record low Express Entry CRS Requirement—Express Entry system

Canada Express Entry is an immigration process introduced by Canada immigration department CIC on 1st January, 2015.

Related Read—CRS Requirements For Canada Immigration

It is instrumental in managing skilled worker applications under Federal Economic schemes. This includes Canada Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, Skilled Trades Program and some parts of Provincial Nominee Program.

During the initial months of 2017, stakeholders look forward to see between 12 and 15 draws and around 30,000 invitations. The CRS scores are expected to remain below 500 to allow Canada immigration authorities fulfill the projected annual Canada immigration levels for the current year.

New low Express Entry CRS Requirement—What does this mean for employers

Well, employers must consider securing a nomination or an LMIA at the earliest under PNPs (Provincial Nomination Programs) for ensuring long term employee retention.

Other latest Express Entry developments

  1. On 14th February, Saskatchewan opened its International Skilled Worker-Express Entry sub-category for 500 new applications. The intake was filled within just one day of opening.
  2. On 17th February, B.C.(British Columbia) invited 190 eligible graduates and skilled workers in Express Entry pool for submitting an application to BC PNP(Provincial Nominee Program). These candidates had created an Express Entry profile and indicated their interest in BC immigration by registering themselves in BC’s unique SIRS (Skills Immigration Registration System).
  3. Ontario reopened its Express Entry-aligned Human Capital Priorities stream on 21st It enables Ontario to search the Express Entry pool for eligible potential applicants.


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