How many points do you need to immigrate to Canada?
The Government of Canada held two Express Entry draws in September. On September 4th, 2019, 3,600 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) were issued and the cut-off score was 463 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. The second draw was held on September 18th, 2019 and saw 3,600 ITAs issued with a cut-off score of 462 CRS points.
Yesterday, the first draw in the month of October was also held. In this more recent draw, a staggering 3,900 ITAs were issued to candidates with a CRS score of 464 points or more.
At this point in 2019, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued a total of 67,300 ITAs to Express Entry applicants.
EXPRESS ENTRY QUICK FACTS
There have been a total of 19 Express Entry draws in 2019
A total of 67,300 Express Entry ITAs have been issued in 2019
The CRS cut-off score is hovering around 462-464 points
The Government of Canada set a goal to invite almost one million immigrants between 2018 and 2021. As we enter the last quarter of the year, we expect the CRS-score to decrease in order to meet the 2019 quota.
EXPRESS ENTRY TARGET FOR 2019
According to Canada’s new immigration plan, almost a quarter of those coming to Canada will do so through one of the three economic immigration classes managed by the Express Entry system. Economic immigration is one of the largest targets as a whole. As such, some key streams of entry are through the Provincial Nominee Program and include the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Business Stream. In 2019, the Government of Canada aims to admit 330,800 immigrants.
WHAT IS AN EXPRESS ENTRY PROFILE?
Candidates must create an Express Entry profile online where they enter information about their skills, education, language ability, work experience, and more. Candidates are then assigned a CRS score out of 1200 points. Every two to three weeks, the Canadian government will conduct an Express Entry draw where applicants with the highest CRS score receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. Those who are extended an ITA have 90 days to complete an application.
HOW ARE CRS POINTS CALCULATED?
Prospective immigrants are then ranked in a point system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Points are given for each piece of information in your Express Entry profile. Some different factors that play into your CRS score include your age, level of education, English and French language proficiency, work experience, and connections to Canada (e.g. education, work experience, siblings, etc.). The number of points allotted for each factor differs if you have a spouse or common-law partner or not.
HOW CAN I INCREASE MY CRS SCORE?
If you have a spouse/common-law partner, brother, or sister living as a citizen or permanent resident in Canada, be sure to prove your relationship. This will increase your CRS score by 15 points. Further, your spouse may be able to earn you more points by taking an educational credential assessment and/or taking a language test.
Improve your English language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) and retake your IELTS to achieve a higher score. The higher your Canadian Language Benchmark level, the more CRS points you can acquire.
Gain transferable skills by working before coming to Canada.
Improve your education. Programs as short as one year in length can increase your CRS score by 84-90 points.
Determine if you are eligible to participate in a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). This can increase your CRS score by 600 points.
Get help: Contact us at Calver and Associates Immigration Services. We can help ensure that you are claiming as many points as possible to give you the best chance possible to accomplish your Canadian Immigration goals.
EXPRESS ENTRY POINTS CALCULATOR
Determine your eligibility for Express Entry to Canada using the Express Entry Points Calculator. Click the image below to enter your information and determine what your CRS score might be.
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We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.