During the most recent all-stream Express Entry draw, Canada’s immigration department invited 7,000 successful applicants to submit applications for permanent residence. Experts in immigration claim that the number of invitations is at an all-time high.
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) maintained the same minimum score of 490 for this all-stream draw on March 15 (as it did for the previous draw on January 18). However, from 5,500 in the previous draw, the number of candidates that Immigration Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) will invite to submit applications for permanent residency has increased to 7,000.
Express Entry Draws
Canada’s most prominent point-based system for skilled immigrants seeking long-term immigration is Express Entry. The Canadian government uses this system to manage three economic immigration streams of skilled and qualified workers’ applications for permanent residency. The Federal Skilled Trades Class, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Worker Class are all examples of these. All of the above streams are covered by the all-stream draws. After completing an online profile, prospective candidates are entered into the Express Entry pool and ranked according to a score using the Comprehensive Ranking System. An invitation to apply is sent to those who meet the cut-off score in that draw.
The last all-stream draw, which took place on December 23, 2020, required a minimum CRS score of 468 and sent invitations to apply to 5,000 candidates before the all-stream draws resumed in July 2022, following a halt caused by the pandemic. Even though the number of invitations has returned to pre-pandemic levels, the CRS cutoff score of 490 remains high.
According to immigration experts, it will be difficult to establish the minimum required CRS scores in the coming months. This year may also see the introduction of express-entry draws aimed at particular National Occupation Classification (NOC) Codes.
“If you have a score in the higher ranges (450 and above), it is reasonable to expect scores to possibly come down to that level in the next six to twelve months,” says Ken Nickel-Lane, founder of an immigration services company based in Alberta. However, there are so many factors at play that I would qualify that by suggesting that having work experience in a highly sought-after job family or occupation code increases your odds. Additionally, it is unknown how the particular draws will be handled.
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