How are people selected for Canadian PR?

When you create an express entry profile, you get a score/ points. These points are called Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The CRS score is based on the following factors:

  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Level of education
  • Education in Canada
  • Official Language proficiency (IELTS/)
  • Work experience (Canadian and Foreign)
  • Arranged Employment
  • Immediate family living in Canada
  • Province Nomination (More on this later)

Every month, there are generally two Express Entry rounds of invitations. Basically, the government of Canada comes up with a cut off CRS points for every round. People with points equal to or higher than cut off are invited to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency.

For example, if the cut off CRS points for a given round is 451 and Canada has decided to invite 3500 applications. The top 3500 ranked people who have score of 451 and above are invited to apply.

What if the number of people who meet this criteria exceeds 3500 and few of them have the same score? The tie breaker is the Express Entry profile and time of submission. The below table would give you a better idea:

RANK CRS PROFILE SUBMISSION STATUS
3498 451 4/5/2018 10:30 Invited
3499 451 6/5/2018 23:20 Invited
3500 451 01/01/2019 12:20 Invited
3501 451 02/02/2019 11:20 Not invited (still in pool)
3502 451 03/03/2019 10:20 Not invited (Still in pool)

Canadian Immigration Process Flowchart

2 Comments

  • Do i need to have my IELTS test score ready before i apply for express entry?

  • I have no work experience. I finished Masters in Commerce and now pursuing MBA in marketing. Can I apply as a fresher? And what type of jobs are available in Canada in my field? And what do you suggest which type of job I should do to get better oppurtunities? Please help me on this questions it will be really helpful.

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