Canada is now shifting towards new targeted Express Entry draws as opposed to previous CEC, FSWP, FSTP, or PNP draws.
IRCC has repeatedly stated that these targeted draws will be part of the normal Express Entry draws and we are seeing no program specified draws alongside these targeted draws.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) Become More Lucrative
PNPs could start targeting more occupations to keep the selection competitive or otherwise cutoff score is expected to drop for these occupations.
If a Kinesiologist get an invitation in the Express Entry targeted draw, then why would he/she accept Ontario or BC’s provincial nomination.
Effect on Overall Express Entry CRS Score Cutoff
Everyone is anticipating that CRS cutoff will increase in general draws with reduction in number of invitations, while cutoff is expected to drop for the profiles in 82 occupations or for francophone profiles.
However, this may not turn out to be true in all the cases.
Furthermore, the size of targeted Express Entry draws may not be as big as the general draws so only the profiles with high CRS may get chance in initial targeted draws.
On the other hand, CRS Cutoff score could drop significantly for targeted Express Entry draws for Trade and Agri-Food related occupations, given that these profiles usually have comparatively lower English proficiency and only require a diploma, similar to what we used to see in Federal Skilled Trades draws in the past.
With 82 of these occupations to be invited in targeted draws, the high CRS scores in the general pool can also drop with left over profiles with low scores, but this seems unlikely as these occupations are also be participating in general draw.
Conversely, Express Entry profiles in healthcare and STEM occupations with low CRS Score have a better shot at getting provincial nomination.
Exact situation and effect of new targeted Express Entry draws is now getting more clear.
Nobody can surely predict impact of new targeted draws, but it definitely depends on the size of targeted and general draws.
If you are an individual eligible for any of the Express Entry program, do create your profile irrespective of your CRS score. IRCC is full of surprises so it is always advisable to stay in the pool.
What was the CRS cutoff score in latest Express Entry draw in 2023?
496 was the CRS cutoff score in the latest Express Entry draw announced on August 15, 2023.