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What is the minimum points required for Canada express entry 2020?

What will be the minimum qualifying marks to get ITA (Invitation to Apply) for Canadian PR from IRCC in the year 2020? This is the question being asked big-time by most of the express entry candidates seeking permanent residency in Canada in 2020. Will the IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) consider dropping the minimum CRS requirement in 2020 or it will keep it the same way as it has been all through last year? Let’s find out.

How many points required for Canada PR in 2020

An applicant can apply Canada PR through the Express Entry system as well as through the Provincial Nominee Programs and QSWP. For Federal Express Entry System, Canada basically has two point-based criteria for selecting suitably skilled workers through the express entry system. The first criterion is checking the eligibility of an applicant for Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP).

The FSWP is one of the three main categories of the Federal Express Entry System along with FSTP (Federal Skilled Trade Program) and CEC (Canadian Experience Class). As an applicant you need to score a minimum of 67 points out of 100 based on age, education, work experience, language skills, etc. to become eligible to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) of Express Entry. There is no change in the FSW point’s criteria of 67 points in 2020.

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How many points do I need to immigrate to Canada in 2020?

After crossing the FSWP threshold, once you have entered the Express Entry pool, you will have to compete with fellow applicants to receive ITA (Invitation to Apply) from Express Entry System. The IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) every fortnight launch a draw and announce the cut-off marks or CRS score requirement for that particular draw.

Let’s take a look at CRS score requirement from IRCC till date in 2020:

CRS requirement from IRCC in 2020

Although, the minimum qualifying marks last year went down to 438 points in the first quarter itself, however, this year, IRCC has kept the qualifying marks or CRS score requirement above 450 marks in the first half of the year. Check here your eligibility

CRS score requirement in this year

The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada started the year with a CRS score demand of around 470 marks. However, the last few draws also seen a dip in the cut-off. The lowest CRS score requirement in 2020 has been 452 points, which was in the 1st May draw.

Because of the pandemic situation, for last weeks, the Canadian government also prefers to open the program-specific draws. Hence, from March 2020 onwards, the IRCC is focusing more on PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates of the Express Entry System. However, considering the express entry invitation target of 91,800 for the year 2020, the IRCC likely to start the FSW category draws with low cut-off.

Express Entry Annual Immigration Target 2018-2020

Minimum CRS Score Requirement in 2020

As already discussed to get an invitation to apply for Canadian PR, your immigration points based on age, education, work experience, and language skills, etc. need to be good enough. Now, considering the high annual immigration target of Canada as well as an express entry system, i.e. 3,41,000 and 91,800 respectively for 2020, we may see some reduction in the minimum CRS score requirement from IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) in the New Year.

However, still, it is very tough to predict anything as far as Express Entry Draw results are concerned. The safe score can only be considered which is closest to the last draw cut off and that too if any drastic hike does not take place in the same from IRCC.

How to Increase your CRS score to get Canada PR

If you want to increase your CRS score up to 600 points, you must apply in a Provincial Nominee Program and get the provincial nomination. The PNPs accept the applicants even with low point scores and nominate them for Canadian permanent residency. If you apply and get selected in Express Entry aligned stream of any PNP, you become eligible to get an extra 600 points in your express entry account.

Few PNPs, such as Alberta PNP invite the applicants with CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) Score as low as just 300 points. A few popular Provincial programs to apply are as follows:

  • Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
  • Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program
  • Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

Need assistance to get Canada PR in 2020 even with a low CRS score?

If you need advice, assistance, or support to get Canada PR in the year 2020 even with a low score, you may contact Visas Avenue migration experts on Toll-Free Number-78-18-000-777to get vital advice and assistance. Moreover, to get your eligibility checked and subsequently, receive a call from the expert, you may fill the free assessment form

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