The sixth draw of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada held on March 1, 2017, witnessed a further decrease in the points for Comprehensive Ranking System. The CRS points were as low as 434 and candidates with these points score and more were issued the invitation to apply for permanent residency in Canada. The total ITAs issued in this draw were 3,884 which are the highest so far, as quoted by the CIC News.
The lowering of CRS points for the express entry draw implies that a diverse range of applicants and their family members who intend to accompany them to Canada will now be able to submit their application for permanent residency to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
The previous express entry draw held on 22 February 2017 had issued ITA to applicants who secured CRS points of 441 points or more. The decrease in seven points in just one week though may seem marginal but it actually permits a larger variety of candidates to submit the application for permanent residency to Canada.
The analysis of the below illustrative scenarios will make this more clear.
A 29-year-old candidate, Abdul has been a part of the pool for last few months. He possesses three years of skilled experience and a graduate degree, both obtained outside Canada. His English language proficiency is on par with Canadian Language Benchmark of 9 in reading and writing. His listening and speaking skills are at CLB 10 levels. The latest IRCC express entry draw would give him the ITA as his score is 435 CRS points.
With sufficient Canadian Language Benchmark of 7, Celine is 35 years old applicant possessing three years of overseas experience. She also has two years of working experience in Canada through the Postgraduate stream work permit upon her completion of the graduate degree in Canada. The betterments that were introduced to the express entry system in November last year have benefited her. The international graduates were awarded additional CRS points for the first time. Being unmarried, she secured overall CRS points of 436 and this is sufficient for her to receive an ITA.
Simon has Canadian Language Benchmark of 6 and is aged 29. Owing to his work experience in Canada, he is eligible to enter the express entry pool through the Canadian experience class category as his vocation is listed as B level as per the under the National Occupational Classification. He has three years of work experience in Canada, three years overseas and a graduate degree obtained in Canada. Being single, he is eligible to score overall 435 CRS points implying that he is qualified to receive an ITA for applying to the permanent residency to Canada.
The aspect to be noticed is that the size of draws is increasing manifold than they were some months ago. The only exception was the first draw that was held after the changes to the express entry draw were implemented. In this draw, only applicants with a nomination from a province have issued the ITA.
Even with this consideration, the draw sizes are much larger than that they were used to be in concluding months of 2016.
According to Attorney David Cohen, the express entry draw has been in the overdrive mode for the first two months of 2017. This is good news for applicants, candidates, and stakeholders such as the employers and organizations across Canada that are seeking to recruit talent and rejuvenate their firms.
The attorney further elaborated that when the changes were first implemented to express entry scheme, he had predicted that CRS point’s requirements would initially go up before lowering. The reason was that the strength of candidates who were qualified for points for a job offer had actually increased, in spite of the points awarded for job offer drastically going down.
After these candidates were cleared from the pool of express entry pipeline they went on to receive the ITA and are on the way to settle as permanent residents in Canada. It was then predicted that the CRS point’s requirement would be lowered considerably and the recent draws have proved theta the prediction was indeed true. There are ample reasons now to believe that the requirement will continue to decrease, said Cohen.