Are you among those with a low Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and who think it might not be worth registering for Express Entry?

There are many reasons why a low CRS score should not stop you from getting into the Express Entry pool.

The Express Entry pool consists of candidates for three federal immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

Once you enter the Express Entry pool, you will be awarded CRS points based on factors that include age, education, skilled work experience, and knowledge of English or French. These points will determine your rank in the Express Entry pool and your chances of applying for permanent residency in Canada.

Getting into the Express Entry pool (if you meet the eligibility criteria) is a definite advantage and increases your chances of successful immigration to Canada. Here are some of the reasons.

Firstly, the threshold values of the CRS of the Express Entry are volatile and unpredictable. What may seem like a low CRS score to you may ultimately allow you to receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent resident status.

Secondly, after entering the Express Entry pool, if your scores are below the thresholds, you can choose whether to wait for the required score to decrease or look for ways to improve it. For example, you can improve your CRS score by retaking a language test, gaining work experience, completing additional training, or working and studying in Canada.

And if you are offered a job in Canada while you are in the pool, your CRS score can also increase enough to qualify for an ITA for permanent residency.

Thirdly, while three major federal programs are the primary means by which many economic immigrants enter Canada, the Express Entry is part of a wider national and provincial system that provides many other ways of obtaining permanent residence for skilled workers.

These include Provincial Immigration Programs, or Provincial Nominee Program’s (PNP), which allow participating Canadian provinces and territories to nominate foreign workers and foreign graduates for permanent residency in Canada through Express Entry streams.

Once you are in the Express Entry pool, and if you are eligible for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), you can receive a “Notice of interest” from the province. You will need to apply to the province, and if approved, you will receive a so-called provincial nomination, which automatically gives you 600 points towards your CRS score and essentially ensures that you are invited to apply for permanent residence.