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Canada –Record Low Minimum CRS in Latest Express Entry Draw


The latest Express Entry Draw on April 19th for immigration to Canada, lowered the Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) requirement yet again to 415 points a drop of 8 points from the previous draw on 12th April which set the minimum CRS at 423 points. After the express entry draw on April 12th 3993 candidates where invited to apply. The current express entry draw by the Immigration Refugee Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is the tenth draw in just the first 4 months of 2017, with the last three draws being held in the Month of April itself. Over the last four months the CRS score has been steadily dropping, showing an increasing commitment by the Canadian Government to welcome immigrants into the country. The current express entry draw had the lowest minimum CRS score, causing 3665 express entry candidates to be eligible for receiving an invitation to apply from the Canadian government.

The Express Entry Program was started in January 2015 to facilitate the immigration of skilled labor into the country, to address labor shortage. Under the Express Entry Program, individuals who are desirous of immigrating to Canada, create an online application on IRCC website, where they are given points based on various categories including education, relevant work experience, language skills etc. The points are added up to make the Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) for each applicant. All applications are placed in a pool and the Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada (IRCC) periodically conducts a draw, wherein it determines the minimum CRS requirements. All applications, which have CRS scores equal to or greater than the minimum score are given an invitation to apply.

The lowering of the CRS score for express entry is a positive sign for the future of immigration to Canada, and the trend is likely to continue. Shortage of skilled labor is a growing problem for many industries and provinces in Canada, which are looking at hiring immigrants from countries like India. Many provinces have pushed for more immigration to their areas, through the provincial Nominee Program (PNP). In a related highly positive note, the Nova Scotia Express Entry stream is expected to reopen in the next few weeks. The scheme, which has been closed to new entries since Dec 2o15, will bring new opportunities for candidates to immigrate to Canada. The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) will allow the province to accept applications for a provincial nomination certificate through its Nova Scotia Express Entry stream. The scheme is expected to accept applications for category B workers, who are expected to have at least one year of experience in a relevant field. The candidate does not need to have an existing job offer, as the NSNP will be operated on a first come serve basis. Successful candidate who receive a provincial nomination certificate are automatically awarded 600 CRS points in the express entry process, thus propelling them to the front of the queue for the next draw from the pool. Nova Scotia is aiming to welcome 7000 immigrants each year, by 2024. The province is aiming to fill 1350 posts through the provincial nominee program.

In more good news out of Canada, a new program has been announced, which is expected to streamline application process for certain highly skilled workers, and reduce the processing time for their work permit and Canada visa applications to just 2 weeks, a significant drop from the current wait times of five or more months. The new program, christened as the Global Talent Stream is expected to help Canadian companies with a high growth trajectory, in hiring highly skilled foreign talent in order to scale up their operations.

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