In the latest draw which took place on September 20, 2017, a decrease in the number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for immigration to Canada through the Express Entry selection system. The recent CRS threshold decreased to 433 points.

Taking into consideration the CRS threshold of 435 in the draw that took place on September 6, the CRS threshold in draw of September 20 is the joint-lowest CRS cut-off threshold since changes to the system were introduced in early June.

Upon receiving an ITA, candidates have 90 days to submit a complete application for Canadian permanent residence, including supporting documentation. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to complete the processing of applications within six months.

The total ITAs issued this year so far were 69,420, which is more than double the 33,782 ITAs that were issued in the entire last year. Since January 2015, the number of total ITAs issued stand at 134,265.

*Note: Draws of May 26 invited provincial nominees with a minimum CRS score of 775, and candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades Class with a minimum score of 199.

The process to enter the Express Entry pool

In order to enter the Express Entry pool and be assigned a CRS score, individuals need to be eligible under one of Canada’s federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC).

Getting an invitation

Upon entering the Express Entry pool, candidates can increase their score and their ranking by taking steps such as obtaining an enhanced provincial nomination, proving higher language ability, obtaining a qualifying job offer in Canada, completing a level of education, or adding additional work experience. Moreover, candidates who are accompanied by their spouse or common-law partner may increase their CRS score by determining the spouse or partner’s human capital factors.

The following hypothetical scenarios reveal the different ways in which candidates can obtain an ITA.

Arif is 30 years old and has a bachelor’s degree from his home country. Since graduating, he has worked in education for three years. He has advanced English skills and scored 8 in each IELTS category. He is looking forward to moving to Canada to settle permanently and continue his career. With a CRS score of 433, he would receive an ITA in the latest draw.

Aliya has been interested in moving to Canada since her brother gained permanent residence there two years ago. At 33 years old, she has successfully graduated from a bachelor’s program in political science and has been working in the same field for the last three years. Her strong English skills gained her top IELTS marks and boosted her CRS score to 434. Her score was enough for her to be issued an ITA.

A married couple, Adnan and Anaya, are of 30 years of age and have completed their bachelor’s degrees. Both of them have strong English capabilities, which helped them achieve a score of 8 in each IELTS category. So far, Adnan has three years of work experience in business. With a CRS score of 435, Chris was issued an ITA.

One can obtain an invitation in many ways and there are many pathways to Canadian immigration. The right strategy depends on the individual’s or family’s circumstances and goals. It is important to evaluate your options and react accordingly as per the first step of the process. Upon having a favorable eligibility, entering the Express Entry pool opens a world of possibilities, as this system is now the main driver of economic immigration to Canada.

Assessment of Eligibility

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