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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced another Express Entry Draw on October 14th, 2020. In this round, 4,500 Invitations to Apply have been issues with the lowest CRS score of 471.

As of October 12th,2020, there were 144,338 candidates in the pool. Out of which 4,239 were having a 471 and above CRS score.

There are still 10,596 candidates in the pool with a CRS score between 461-470 and another 10,235 with a score between 451~460. There were 42,881 candidates with a CRS score between 401 and 450. A large number of candidates, 76,387, had a CRS score below 400.

As per the past trend and candidates score distribution in the express entry pool, it is significantly less likely that the CRS score will come down soon. The only way to improve your success chance is to improve your express entry score. What options to meet the target cut off. Going by the available points category, there are certain areas which you could influence, some you don’t have any control over.

Let’s look at things you can control:

Age: for the age, you could get a maximum of 100 points with Spouse and 110 points without points. You can’t improve the points for age; however, they are likely to go down with time. The only thing we could do is meet the ends cut off as soon as possible to avoid losing points for age.

Relatives in Canada: Having a sibling in Canada could fetch you 15 points to improve your CRS Score.

Let’s look at the points on which you could work and improve your success chances:

Language: Language is another significant factor in the points grid. You could get up to 150 points with a partner and 160 points without a spouse. Not only this, language score has an impact on Skill transferability factors. Having a CLB 9, all modules could maximize the language score and improve your skill transferability score by another 50 points.

Education: maximum points you could get for education is 150 points with partner and 160 points without a partner. You also get up to 30 points for education credentials received in Canada.

French Skills: if you have French skills, it could improve your language score and gain additional CRS points. Depending on your French skills, you may get extra 50 points for the same.

International Work experience: Though express entry does not directly award points for international work experience; International experience helps you to qualify for the federal skilled worker class. Besides, points for international work-experience are awarded in combination with your language skill. You could get a maximum of 50 points if you have three years of international experience and a language score of CLB 9.

Canadian work experience: Canadian work experience is another big category where you can gain 70 points with a spouse and 80 points if you are single. Canadian work-experience could also help you improve your skill transferability score. Canadian work experience should be in NOC 0, A, B. You should be working legally in Canada either on Open work permit or LMIA exempt work permit or LMIA Based work permit.

Arranged Employment: Arranged employment could fetch you 50 points for NOC A & B and 200 points for NOC 0. However, your job offer should meet the following three categories:

1. by an employer with a new positive LMIA that approves the offer and names you and your position OR

2. if you’re currently working in Canada in a NOC 0, A, or B job on a work permit that was issued based on an LMIA,

3. if you have a valid work permit for a NOC 0, A, or B job exempt from needing an LMIA.

Provincial or territorial nomination: Having a provincial nomination fetches you 600 hundred points that have a sure shot way to meet the CRS cut off requirements.

If you are in the express entry pool and cannot meet the CRS cut off, reach out to us for a free evaluation. We will work with you to develop a strategy that could help you qualify through express or other immigration pathways.

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and a member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and The Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC). Read more about the author

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