After skipping a skilled worker draw on October 16, 2019, the Express Entry cutoff rose sharply to 475 on October 30, 2019 after a four week break. In the interim, Canada held a federal election. The Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was returned to power, but this time as a minority government. We are hopeful that once the new Cabinet is established, skilled entry invitations will increase and the cutoffs will return to the 460 level or lower.
On November 13, 2019, after the usual two week break, the cutoff did indeed drop slightly, to 472. The draw was for 3,600 candidates, down from the 3,900 seen in recent draws.
These levels are still 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. 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 current 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.
For more information, visit our web page on Express Entry.