After the lowest ever Express Entry draw was held on May 31, 2017, with a cutoff of 413, recent draws have risen to the low to mid 440s, including a draw of 445 on November 28, 2018. These levels are still readily attainable by persons with strong language test results, a bachelor’s degree or better, and several years of work experience. Most applications continue to be processed very rapidly in six months or less.
We consider it likely that the cutoffs may drop slightly during the course of the upcoming year in order to meet the increased annual immigration targets. Immigration to Canada in as little as six months remains a realistic goal for many, including H-1B visa holders and DACA recipients in the United States.
For persons currently unable to meet the 440 level Express Entry cutoffs, especially persons in their mid 30s or older, the best solution is to seek a job offer in Canada. This guarantees an extra 50 points, or 200 points in the case of a management level job offer. One year of work in Canada results in another 40 points for Canadian work experience. In some cases, a job offer will also result in a provincial nomination with a 600 point bonus. With strong language results these extra points will ensure an Invitation to Apply regardless of age.
Other solutions may include improving your language results through additional language training, or obtaining a second degree. In some cases, even a one year diploma can add 25 points to your score.