High-scoring candidates receive invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence (ITAs) through regular Express Entry draws from the pool. These draws usually take place every two weeks, but due to the pandemic, the regular Express Entry draws were paused. The last all-programs draw was December 23rd, 2020 and the CRS score of the lowest-ranked candidate was 468 points.
Prior to the pandemic, Canada aimed to process the Express Entry immigration applications within 6 months of time. But, during the Covid pandemic, the applicants have had to wait for longer, up to 20 months.
Finally, the Canadian government has confirmed today that the processing times for new Express Entry applications will be 6 months again.
Latest Express Entry pool breakdown as of July 6, 2022
What are the options for candidates below 470 CRS score?
Some of the things you can do to improve your CRS score if below 470:
1. Get a Job Offer
When candidates receive a job offer from a Canadian employer, they can maximize their points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and receive an invitation to apply (ITA). For a job offer to be eligible to claim CRS points, it should be:
at least one year in duration
NOC Level 0, A, or B or TEER Level 0, 1, 2, 3
backed with a positive LMIA (not required if LMIA-exempt)
There is no such thing as conversion from a visitor visa to a work permit. Although the applicants on visitor visas are legally allowed to search for jobs in Canada and can successfully get a work permit in Canada.
Express Entry candidates can also apply for various PNP Programs to get an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points to their base score.
Since provincial governments are slowed down as they are waiting for their quotas to be announced. Also, after the bill C-19 is approved the federal skilled immigration will be getting the advantage of an occupation-based selection of candidates.
This will affect PNP as the candidates will choose federal programs instead. So, these provinces have to redesign their programs in a way that attracts skilled workers, which they might lose due to new bill C-19 changes.
4. Add the French Language
Canada encourages francophone immigration, both at PNP and federal levels. If you read French it will make a huge difference and enhance your Express Entry profile.
5. Wait for Bill C-19
PNPs have been doing occupation-based draws regularly. Since Bill C-19 is all about adding occupation-based categories to the Express Entry system, even low CRS-scoring candidates can receive ITAs.
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