Canada has raised the pass mark again in Express Entry
Significantly fewer candidates were invited than last time.
The minimum passing score on the Comprehensive Ranking System was 737, 52 points higher than it was in the previous selection, which took place on November 10. The scoring requirement may seem high, but that's because all the invited entrants had previously received provincial nominations. Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination are automatically awarded 600 points on top of their original score for age, education, language skills and other factors.
Express Entry is Canada's system for selecting immigrants through three federal economic class programs:
- Highly skilled professionals;
- specialists in the working professions;
- specialists with experience in Canada.
Under a new immigration plan for 2021-2023, Canada aims to admit about 110,000 immigrants annually through Express Entry. For 2021, more than 112,000 invitations have already been issued.
Express Entry selections have become much rarer since Canada met its annual target for the number of invitations through the system. Already, several consecutive selections have been held only for provincial program participants, although previously they were also held for professionals with Canadian experience. And there have been no draws under the program for skilled professionals since 2020.
To increase your chances of receiving an invitation to apply for Express Entry selection, we recommend keeping an eye on history of passing scores and number of invitations.
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