The Canadian dream beckoned once again as the first Express Entry draw of 2024 unfolded on January 10th. A wave of excitement washed over 1,510 aspiring immigrants after receiving invitations to apply for permanent residency.
This wasn’t just any draw; it was a general draw, welcoming candidates from any of the three core Express Entry programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). To qualify, applicants needed a minimum score of 546 on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). This intricate points-based system evaluates various factors like age, education, work experience, language skills, and even provincial nominations.
It is important to note the competitive nature of the Express Entry pool. As of January 9th, there were 212,157 profiles vying for invitations. While this may seem daunting, those with CRS scores below 500 are not alone in this category. However, with only 7,643 profiles exceeding 500 and even fewer (1,298) reaching the elite tier of 601 and above, achieving a higher CRS score remains crucial for maximizing one’s chances of success.
In case, if you’re looking to boost your CRS score and climb the Express Entry ladder. Consider these three powerful strategies:
- Secure a provincial nomination: Each province (except Quebec) runs its own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), handpicking skilled individuals who align with their economic needs. Landing a PNP nomination instantly grants you a whopping 600 CRS points, practically guaranteeing an invitation to apply.
- Land a Canadian job: Working in Canada before applying for permanent residency can earn you valuable CRS points. Not only does it demonstrate integration and commitment, but it also provides essential Canadian experience, a major asset in the eyes of immigration officials.
- Ace your IELTS test: Mastering English or French through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) can significantly boost your score. Remember, strong language skills are crucial for success in Canadian society.
Are you still feeling lost in the world of immigration? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Seeking guidance from experienced professionals like RCIC can make all the difference. With their expertise, you can navigate the intricate process, choose the best path for your skills and aspirations, and finally reach your Canadian dream.
Express Entry System is Canada’s go-to tool for selecting skilled immigrants. Since its launch in 2015, it has hosted a staggering 279 draws, welcoming close to 83,000 newcomers in 2023 alone. The 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan even set an ambitious target of over 110,000 admissions through Express Entry in 2024!