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How to Immigrate to Canada Through Express Entry with lower CRS

Written on 29 October 2019 BY

Thousands of candidates have profiles in the Canada Express Entry Pool with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores below 400. The most recent snapshot provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, dated October 11, 2019, reveals that of total pool size of 125,881 candidates, more than 71,000 scores between 301 and 400 CRS points. How can these candidates immigrate to Canada?

With Canada Express Entry now in its fifth year of selecting and inviting new economic immigration candidates, the draws so far in 2019 have a settled look. Minimum Comprehensive Ranking System scores of 450 or above have been recorded in 16 out of 19 draws, while the ITA numbers have peaked at 3,900.

For the 40,500 profiles in the pool with scores between 401 and 450, improving their CRS score by a few points could make all the difference. Improving language test results, boosting work experience or adding a spouse or common-law partner as a secondary applicant are all good ways to tip the balance.

But for those with scores below 400, just adding a few points to their score is not enough. What can these candidates do to receive the coveted Invitation to Apply?

Express Entry Job Offer

While the number of CRS points available for a job offer was reduced in changes made in November 2016, it remains the single most efficient way of quickly increasing a score.

When Express Entry was first launched, all job offers backed by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) were worth 600 CRS points. The changes saw the points available drop to 200 or 50, depending on the skill level of the job. Senior managerial positions (National Occupational Classification 00) became worth 200 points, while all other qualified job offers (NOC 0, A or B) are now worth 50 points.


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