Express Entry works for five years, and since its launch, in January 2015 it has processed 310,465 economic immigrants through the three Federal immigration programs and several streams of the provincial programs. This means Express Entry was the pathway for 35.7 per cent of all economic immigrants to Canada.
At the moment, there are eleven Provincial Nominee Programs, which all combined have over eighty immigration streams. Twenty of those provincial streams are aligned with Express Entry and their numbers expect to further increase. In other words, candidates who get the nomination under those streams can expect fast processing during the federal stage of their immigration applications. Therefore, the share of economic immigrants processed in the Express Entry may seriously grow in the next few years.
What programs are the most popular?
Most Express Entry immigrants came to Canada either in the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). For instance, 138,195 (44.5 per cent) immigrants qualified under the FSW, while 104,675 (33.7 per cent) got their permanent resident status under the CEC in the five years since the launch of the system.
The more tied integration between the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) and Express Entry can be also tracked by the increase in the number of PNP-class immigrants – there were 59,835 (19.3 per cent) such newcomers and their share has been growing from 500 in 2015 to 20,015 in 2019. Experts expect this number to grow again in 2020.
The only loser of Express Entry is the Federal Skilled Trade Program (FST). Unfortunately, the number of immigrants in this program was only 7,760 (2.5 per cent) in 2015-2019. It looks like tradespeople should consider provincial programs as an inevitable stage in their immigration path.
What about the CRS cut-off score required to be invited?
Since May 2019, candidates in the Express Entry system have often needed a comprehensive ranking score (CRS) of 460 or higher to obtain an invitation to apply (ITA). In recent months, this number has further climbed to 470 and sometimes higher. The higher CRS is caused by the fact that more candidates are receiving additional points based on criteria such as having Canadian work experience (as a former student and foreign worker) and obtaining a provincial nomination.
Even if a candidate does not meet the current CRS cut-off, they should still submit an application to the Express Entry system. Firstly, we can never know the number of invitations allocated for each round (the more invitations allocated, the lower can be the CRS cut-off score).
Secondly, candidates can always get a Notification of Interest (NOI) form one of the provincial programs. This means that candidates who do not reach the federal CRS cut-off score can still get an ITA if they were nominated by a province or territory.
Thirdly, candidates can work to improve their scores after submitting their application. Your score at the moment of registration can increase in the case you started to work in Canada. Once you pass one year at work, the system will automatically recalculate your points.
You can also take steps to improve your English and/or French, gain more work experience, receive additional education or work experience in Canada, and seek for Canadian employer or provincial nominations in Canada to get enough points to receive an ITA in the Express Entry.
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