Canada continues to limit Express Entry draws to Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominees

UPDATE: ON JANUARY 21, CANADA AGAIN ISSUED 5,000 INVITATIONS TO APPLY, LIMITED TO CANADIAN EXPERIENCE CLASS AND PROVINCIAL NOMINEES.

This was the third consecutive consecutive draw of 5,000 limited to these two categories. The cutoff dropped to 454. These two classes are already in Canada in 90% of the cases. Canada is apparently concerned about the ability of Foreign Skilled Workers outside Canada to travel to Canada during the pandemic.

Once Skilled Worker draws fully resume, we estimate that cutoffs could drop to the 460 level or lower at the current rate of 5,000 invitations per draw. Cutoffs in the 460 to 470 range are readily attainable by persons with strong language test results, a master’s degree or better, and several years of work experience. We strongly urge persons interested in Canadian immigration to take the language test as soon as possible, and beat the rush before the Express Entry pool begins to refill more rapidly. Contact us now for help in preparing your application.

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 even for older applicants.

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 about the Express Entry program, visit our web page on Express Entry.