Canada’s cut-off score under Express Entry for permanent residency drops below 500
As per the draw, held on October 26 (the ninth all-stream draw since resumption), Canada will issue 4,750 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence to eligible candidates.
Over the past four months, the CRS score has been gradually dipping and the number of invites has been steadily increasing. The July 6 draw had a high score of 557 with ITAs sent out to only 1,500 eligible candidates. Prior to resumption of the all-stream draws, the last draw was held on December 23, 2020 and the minimum CRS score was 468 with invitations to apply sent to 5,000 candidates. This level, is yet to be reached.
According to Pavan Dhillon, Canadian immigration attorney, “The CRS threshold points required to obtain an ITA dropped below 500 points finally, for an all-stream draw. We are still seeing delayed processing times, but this is a good step towards normalizing draws once again!”
“As of October 24, 2022, there were about 65,000 individuals with a score between 451 to 500 (but only 1700 with a score of above 500), so we will continue to see high CRS scores for some time,” she adds.
Express Entry is Canada’s flagship point-based mechanism for skilled individuals seeking to immigrate on a long-term basis. It is a system used by the Canadian government to manage applications from skilled and qualified workers, for permanent residence through three economic immigration streams. These are the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class and the Federal Skilled Trades Class. Aspiring candidates complete an online profile, they are then entered into the Express Entry pool and are ranked relative to each other based on a score under the Comprehensive Ranking System.
As reported earlier by TOI, the Canadian government is proposing to make changes to the Express Entry draws that will enable its immigration agency to better respond to a range of evolving economic needs and government priorities. Eligibility requirements for these categories could be based on work experience, educational background or language skills. This proposal has yet to be defined and is not yet rolled out.