Since May 2019, a candidate under Canada’s Express Entry system has to have a Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) of more than 460 points in order to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. In the last few months, the score limit has risen even further to about 470 points more.

From around 2017 to May 2019, the CRS cut-offs hovered between 430 points and 450 points. The CRS cut-off has increased since more candidates are getting additional CRS points for some criteria, such as acquiring a provincial nomination certificate and having Canadian experience. Candidates are said to have a Canadian experience when they are foreign workers or former international students

Even though the CRS cut-off has significantly risen, candidates under Canada’s Express Entry are advised to enter the Express Entry pool, even if they do not have a CRS of more than 460 now.

Why You Should Submit an Express Entry Profile Even If You Do Not Meet the CRS

  • It is difficult to predict the CRS cut-offs. Therefore, submitting an Express Entry application allows you to receive an Invitation to Apply anytime the federal government lowers the Comprehensive Ranking Score cut-off.
  • Territories and Provinces can nominate immigration applicants who submit the Express Entry applications. Such applications are commonly known as the enhanced nominations.

If you are looking for an ITA for permanent residence you can get it from the territory or province.

  • You can improve your CRS score post submitting your Express Entry application. You only need to improve your French and English language, acquire work experience, and pursue an education in Canada. Additionally, you should obtain a Canadian provincial nomination.
  • You should take advantage of the Canadian economic class immigration opportunities and secure residence there. However, an Express Entry will be helpful as it is responsible for majority of the Canadians economic class admissions.

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