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What are the minimum points required for Canada express entry 2021?

What will be the minimum qualifying marks to get ITA (Invitation to Apply) for Canadian PR from IRCC in 2021? 

Most express entry candidates seeking permanent residency in Canada in 2021, has this question in mind. Will the IRCC consider dropping the minimum CRS requirement in 2021, or keep it the same way as it has been all through last year? Let us find out.

How many points required for Canada PR in 2021

An applicant can apply Canada PR through the Express Entry system and the Provincial Nominee Programs and QSWP. For Federal Express Entry System, Canada 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 and 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) category of Express Entry System. There is no change in the FSW point’s criteria of 67 points this year.

How many points do I need to immigrate to Canada in 2021?

After crossing the FSWP threshold, you will have to compete with fellow applicants to receive ITA (Invitation to Apply) from Express Entry System once you have entered the Express Entry pool. 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 us look at the CRS score requirement from IRCC until the date:

CRS requirement from IRCC in last few draws

The minimum qualifying marks went down to 468 points in the fourth quarter of last year. However, this year, the IRCC has mostly opened the program-specific Express Entry draws so far.

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The first four draws opened in the first month of the New Year were the program-specific draws, which invited PNP and CEC category candidates. Hence, it is not feasible to predict the CRS score requirement based on few initial draws this year. Most of these draws were not for the popular Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) category candidates of federal Express Entry System.

However, considering the massive immigration target of IRCC for this year, we may see an increased number of invitations in upcoming all-program draws with a relatively low CRS score requirement.

Minimum CRS Score Requirement in 2021

As already discussed to get an invitation to apply for Canadian PR, your immigration points based on age, education, work experience, language skills, etc. need to be good enough. Considering Canada’s high annual immigration target and an express entry system, i.e. 401, 000 and 108, 500 respectively for 2021, one can expect a significant reduction in the minimum CRS score requirement in 2021 IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada).

Nevertheless, it is still very tough to predict anything as far as the Express Entry Draw results are concerned. We can consider the safe score to the one, closest to the last Express Entry draw cut off and that too if any drastic hike does not occur 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
  • Prince Edwards Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP), etc.

Need assistance to get Canada PR in 2021 even with a low CRS score?

If you need advice, assistance, or support to get Canada PR in the year 2021 even with a low score, you may contact Visas Avenue migration experts on Toll-Free Number-78-18-000-777 to 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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