An Express Entry draw took place on 12 August 2019 that invited candidates in the Express Entry pool to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The lowest Comprehensive Ranking System score in the Express Entry draw was 466, seven points higher than the cut-off score from the previous Express Entry Draw. 3,600 Invitations to Apply have been issued in every draw since July 10. The higher CRS score could be a result of a longer waiting period between the last draw, allowing more time for eligible candidates to enter the pool. The trend has been a two week period between draws, whereas in this instance three weeks have passed since the last draw.

What is the Express Entry System?

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The Express Entry System was established by Canada to address their need for more skilled workers. Canada is the second-largest country in the world, but they simply do not have a population big enough to supply their workforce with a sufficient amount of skilled workers, so they have turned to immigration. The Express Entry System fast-tracks the applications of immigrants who are applying for permanent residence in Canada and possess the necessary skills, education and work experience that could prove useful to Canadian employers. The manner in which they pick out the eligible candidates from all the people in the Express Entry pool is through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

What is the Comprehensive Ranking System Score?

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The Comprehensive Ranking System is used to assess your eligibility to obtain permanent residence to Canada as a skilled worker. The eligibility criteria can vary depending on the province, but there is a general list of eligibility criteria that includes, but is not limited to: education, skills, work experience in your designated profession, language proficiency in either English or French, your age and your ability to adapt to life in Canada. How well you fare in these categories determines your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Those with the highest CRS scores are the ones who receive Invitations to Apply (ITA’s) when the Express Entry draw takes place.

If you don't achieve a CRS score high enough to be picked in an Express Entry draw, there is still hope. You can boost your Comprehensive Ranking System score in a number of ways. Retaking your IELTS language tests and obtaining a better score is one way of proving your proficiency in either English or French, which are the official languages of Canada. You could go back to school to further your studies or even apply to study in Canada. Sometimes, you may need a little more work experience so try again in 6 months.

Express Entry Pool

The streams for skilled workers in the Express Entry Pool are divided intro the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class. In order to be issued with an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a future Express Entry draw, you first need to create an Express Entry Profile. This profile will present essential information about you to potential employees and could earn you a provincial nomination, which is when a particular province in Canada nominates you because you meet the requirements for something they need in the province. For instance, if the province of Nova Scotia has a shortage of accountants and you meet this criterion, they could nominate you. A provincial nomination adds 600 points to your CRS score and almost guarantees you a chance of receiving an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence.

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Applying through the Express Entry is certainly the most popular route for immigrants wanting to obtain permanent residence in Canada. Its popularity is due to the speed at which applications are processed. The Express Entry Program could get you to Canada in as little as 6 months. However, not everyone is eligible to apply through the Express Entry System and with over 70 channels of applying for permanent residence in Canada, the whole process can seem really confusing. Luckily, at MDC, we offer the services of qualified and experienced immigration consultants who can determine the best option for you. Sign up to start your journey today!