Immigration Options For Applicants Waiting For CEC-Only Draw. On November 9, the latest Express Entry draw invited 4,750 candidates from all Express Entry programs, including Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and Federal Skilled Trades. The cut-off threshold for this draw was 494 CRS points.
As cut-offs continue to stay high for Express Entry, several international students and work permit holders are hoping for Canadian Experience Class-only draws. Although, it remains uncertain whether there will be a CEC-only draw. Or there will be options for international students and work permit holders, as emphasized by Immigration Minister Sean Fraser in his recent report.
Recently, minister Fraser said he is looking for options to give more points to Canadian experience in the Express Entry, but actual details are not finalized yet. However, if you are someone hoping for CEC-only draws, this article will help you understand your options and plan.
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Understanding the CRS breakdown
The CRS score cut-off in the last two Express Entry draw finally dropped below 500 points. However, given previous trends, the CRS score cut-off will likely stay high for the upcoming draws, given that CRS only dropped by 2 points in the latest draw.
However, no one can accurately predict all upcoming CRS score cut-offs. It is because many distinct factors affect the CRS score cut-off; each factor remains unpredictable and impacts the cut-offs in various ways. These factors are:
- The number of candidates invited in each round: Although IRCC has stated they want to invite thousands of applicants yearly, the exact number will be a key factor in deciding the CRS score cut-off. New Immigration levels plan indicates that Federal High Skilled categories of Economic immigration has target of inviting 82,880 applicants in 2023.
- The number of candidates entering or leaving the pool: Express Entry is in high demand, and the pool of applicants might grow, which may keep the CRS cut-off score high.
- All program vs selective draws: IRCC could alternate between draws that consider all candidates and draws that exclusively consider candidates in particular programs.
- Targeted draws starting in 2023: Beginning in early 2023, IRCC will start holding Express Entry drawings that will choose applicants based on various criteria, including employment, language proficiency, educational background, and more. When this adjustment is implemented, it might drastically alter the CRS score cut-off, for instance, by introducing several cut-offs for different occupations. More information will become available in months to come.
Other options for international students and work permit holders
If you are waiting for CRS score cut-offs to lower, you may want to consider some other options. It may be best to wait for the CRS score to reduce, but if you are at risk of becoming out of status, here are 3 options you can consider.
1. Applying for PNP
Most often, PNP requires you to have a connection to the province. However, you could consider the following programs that do not require you to have a specific connection to the province, but you may need a job offer. New Immigration levels plan clearly states that provincial nominee programs have target of inviting 105,500 candidates in 2023.
You could be qualified to apply for a provincial nomination under this program if you’ve completed a post-secondary program of at least two years’ duration anywhere in Canada. Still, you’re now employed in Newfoundland and Labrador. Graduates employed in Newfoundland and Labrador for at least a year on a post-graduate work permit are eligible for the program.
This program can be possible if you have completed a post-secondary degree anywhere in Canada and presently hold a job offer from a company in British Columbia. To be eligible, you also need two years of full-time work experience in a similar role to the job offer.
You may qualify for this PNP if you have a valid job offer from an Ontario employer and have completed a post-secondary program in Canada. Your Canadian education must have been for a study program that lasted at least two years or a one-year course with a prior necessary degree requirement.
2. Getting an LMIA Work Permit
If you have worked for a specific employer for a long time, you may ask them to support you with a LIMA. Although the process may be complex, with a valid job offer, you can get more points under the Comprehensive Ranking System.
3. Returning to School
Lastly, you may consider returning to school if you are running out of all options and only need to extend your stay until CRS score cut-offs drop. It is an expensive option, but it can definitely prevent you from leaving Canada. It may help you maintain your status and extend your stay in Canada.