Canada’s Latest All-Program Express Entry CRS Score Dropped to 496

Canada in its latest Express Entry draw observed the lowest Comprehensive Ranking System score, below 500, since December 2020.

On October 26, the country held its all-program Express Entry Draw. This Express Entry draw was the ninth one in a row since the all-program draws resumed on July 6th.

During the draw, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 4,750 applicants with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 496. IRCC issued invitations to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

The latest Express Entry draw demonstrates the lowest CRS score since the draws resumed. This means that by lowering the CRS, IRCC can increase the number of eligible candidates to receive ITAs.

It is for the first time in the year, the CRS score has slipped down below 500. The last time was in December 2020 when the score was as low as 468. As a result, All-program Express Entry draws were put on hold for over 18 months to avoid a rise in the backlog of applications. During the pause, applicants from the CEC or PNP were issued invitations to apply (ITAs). But going forward, IRCC also ceased ITAs for the CEC category.

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According to IRCC, the backlog for all applications has come down from 2.7 million to 2.6 million in the present scenario. The backlog in applications that were paused due to COVID-19 travel restrictions is now resumed.

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What is Express Entry System?

The Express Entry immigration program is the fastest option for skilled workers to immigrate to Canada.

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The system uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to evaluate the profiles of the candidates. The CRS score is based on factors like age, education qualification, language abilities, work experience, and spouse and common-law partner connections in Canada. High-scoring candidates shall receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Under this system, the candidate can get permanent residency status in six months.

Express Entry system manages three Canadian immigration programs:

Canadian Experience Class (CEC); Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP); Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

Once the candidate applies under any of the above programs, an IRCC officer reviews the application closely. If the application gets approved successfully, the candidate is said to be a permanent resident of Canada. Additionally, right from here, the candidate is one step closer to becoming a citizen of Canada.

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How Can I Improve my CRS score?

There are several ways to increase the CRS score while waiting for an invitation in the Express Entry pool. CRS points are based on the applicant’s language ability, education, work experience, and age. Moreover, one of the finest ways to improve your CRS scores is by getting a valid job offer

The idea of accepting an employment offer in Canada is worth up to 50 to 200 additional CRS points. However, if you are not in Canada, you may easily reach out to recognized immigration consultants for any help.

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