Cut-off Score Continues to Lower on March 20 Draw
April 28, 2021
The March 20th draw resulted in another 3,350 candidates receiving Invitations to Apply through the Express Entry system. This system manages the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. The cut-off score continues to lower with the latest minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score standing at 452 points which is two points lower than the March 6th draw. 2019 has already seen over 21, 200 ITAs issued through the Express Entry system, which is 6, 700 more than this time last year. This is significant because, in 2018, the federal government issued 89, 800 ITAs which was already a record number. With plans to welcome over a million immigrants into Canada throughout the next three years, the total number of invitations issued for permanent residence in 2019 is expected to rise even higher than ever before due to these elevated admission targets.
The March 20th DrawThe latest draw through the Express Entry system saw the tie-break rule being used with the cut-off being February 7th, 2019 at 9:59:25 UTC. This means that candidates with a score of 452 or above on the CRS before this date and time were issued with an ITA during this draw. There was a two week gap between the March 20th draw and the previous draw on March 6th. Smaller gaps between draws results in a lower minimum CRS score showing up because there is less time for higher scoring candidates to be in the pool because there is less time to build up their profiles. There are also bigger draws taking place compared to previous years which also contributes to the lower average score due to candidates having a greater chance of being selected with a less-exclusive margin for selection.
How Does Express Entry Work?The Express Entry system (established in 2015) manages the Canadian federal government’s three skilled worker programs (as mentioned above). These programs have a processing time as little as six months make sure in-demand occupations are filled by skilled workers. In order to apply through this system, candidates need to create an online profile, which is measured according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). This system awards points for several different criteria that are added together to give you an overall score. You are entered into the Express Entry pool with other candidates who you are measured against when there is a draw. The highest scoring candidates will be issued with an ITA for permanent residence. Candidates are able to update their profiles throughout the application period but it’s recommended that you start with the strongest possible background before applying. There is no guarantee about what the minimum CRS score will be but data released with each draw is helpful for candidates to compare their score to the minimum of the previous draws. CRS Criteria Awards Points For:
- CLB Language proficiency (English and French)
- Level of Education (In and outside Canada)
- Work Experience (In and outside Canada)
- Arranged employment
- Siblings living in Canada as permanent residents/citizens
- Your spouse’s profile (if married)
How to Improve Your CRS ScoreThere are a few significant ways to improve your CRS score that begin with strengthening your profile. Based on the aspects listed above, you’re able to significantly improve your chances of achieving a higher score.
CRS Strengthening Methods:
- Better your qualifications
- Work in Canada for two years
- List a stronger profiled spouse as the main applicant
- Improve your language proficiency in English and French
- Get an offer of employment in Canada
- Achieve a Provincial Nomination