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Canada’s Express Entry System Continues to make it Easier for Candidates to Qualify

The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required for candidates in Canada’s Express Entry pool in order to qualify for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence has decreased by one point in the latest draw, which took place on June 1. This is the second draw in a row where this has taken place.

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The previous draw, which took place on May 18, required candidates to have 484 points in order to be invited to apply, while the preceding draw before that set the CRS cut off at 534.


Candidates who have been issued an ITA are now in a position to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence stated the latest press statement issued by the department who added that accompanying family members, including spouses or common-law partners as well as dependent children, may also come to Canada along with the principal applicant.

While the decrease in the CRS point requirement over the two most recent draws is welcomed by those planning on applying for Canadian citizenship the required score is still significantly high enough to ensure that candidates are of a high calibre. Being able to score 483 points would mean that the candidate would have to score exceptionally well in the human capital department and skill transferability factors. It might also mean that the applicant is already in possession of a provincial nomination certificate or qualifying job offer. Candidates who obtain a nomination certificate or job offer are awarded 600 CRS points and receive an ITA for Canadian permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the pool.

“A recent year-end Express Entry report revealed that, in 2015, more candidates with Core CRS scores of less than 450 were issued Invitations to Apply for Canadian permanent residence than candidates with 450 or more points,” revealed the Canada Immigration and Citizenship report.. Clarify that ‘core CRS’ indicates a candidate’s score without the additional 600 points for a job offer or a provincial nomination. Many of these selected candidates entered the pool and subsequently received an enhanced provincial nomination certificate from a province.

The article also explained that some Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams that are aligned with the Express Entry system, such as Saskatchewan’s International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category, typically reopen without prior warning for a limited intake before filling quickly. Other PNP streams, such as Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities stream and Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry, are currently closed for a temporary period, but are expected to reopen at a later date. It remains to be seen when this may occur.


For more information about how South Africans can be taken into account for the Canadian Express Entry draw speak to your New World Immigration consultant specializing in Canada Immigration.

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