On March 15, 2023, IRCC surprised the candidates with another big all-program Express Entry Latest Draw by inviting 7,000 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 490. This is the first all-program draw since January 18, 2023.
The Express Entry Latest Draw breaks the trend of program-specific draws that had been happening over the previous two months. There have been four program-specific rounds of invites since the last all-program draw, three for PNP-only candidates and one for FSWP candidates. Only 697 individuals earned ITAs from the most recent PNP-only draw on March 1.
The Latest CRS Cut-Off Score is standing at 490 since the last all-program draw held on January 18, 2023. IRCC purposefully increased the draw size to 7000 for the Latest Express Entry Draw to prevent the CRS score from rising.
As of March 15, 2023, 245,121 candidates are in the Express Entry Pool. The following graph shows the Latest Express Entry Pool Breakdown.
Will CRS Drop After the Implementation of Bill C-19?
The CRS cut-off score might drop below 490 in the upcoming Express Entry Draws. The Next Express Entry is expected to happen on March 29, 2023. Many candidates with low CRS scores are also expecting Occupation-based Express Entry draws.
IRCC recently mentioned that targeted Express Entry Draws could start in the spring of 2023, most likely in March. But there are no specific updates on how and when Bill-C19 will change the Express Entry.
After this draw, there is a hope that IRCC will continue big-size draws more frequently in the future. This means that candidates with CRS Score below 470 can get invitations within 4-5 months.
Here are the 5 ways to immigrate to Canada with a low CRS score in 2023.
1. PNP Nomination
Most candidates with a 600+ score receive a nomination from one of Canada’s provinces or territories. The Canadian Provincial Nominee Program provides entrepreneurs, foreign students, and skilled professionals opportunities. Through PNP, candidates can add 600 additional CRS points.
The fastest way to enter Canada is an LMIA Job Offer. To immigrate to Canada with a work permit is possible if candidates have a job offer from a Canadian employer backed by a Labour Market Impact Assessment. Once they gain enough experience, candidates can increase their Low CRS Score and apply for permanent residency.
Canada Study Permit Visa is an easy way to enter Canada as a student. Many applicants who don’t have enough CRS points choose the Study Permit to PR pathway. They can apply for a post-graduate work permit and apply for PR through CEC Express Entry after accumulating enough experience in Canada.
Candidates can look for a job while on a visitor visa in Canada. Although, only an eligible Canadian employer can provide a work permit. Additionally, they can get work in Canada with the help of their friends, family, or other contacts.
IRCC has allocated a more than 4% share to Francophone immigration in the latest Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025. This allows candidates to earn up to 50 points for their profile who have excellent proficiency in the French language. However, this is helpful for those with a decent score ranging from 450-470.
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