immigrate to canada with 400 crs

In the latest express entry draw, CRS point cut-off was set at 445 points. Candidates with the score of 445 or higher were given an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for applying for permanent residence visa to the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

But candidates who don’t meet the required CRS score for express entry program can always go for another immigration program that is Provincial Nomination Program (PNP). Provincial nomination program are the way that allows the provinces in Canada to nominate the highly skilled immigrants for permanent residence status in the province so that they can help in the development of the province.

Every provincial nomination program has their own requirements based on the labor market demand of the respected province. Candidates with low CRS score can also apply for the provincial programs. Some of the provinces nominate the candidates with low CRS score.

PNPs with Low CRS Score

Provincial nomination programs that allows candidate with low CRS score are as follows:

Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP):

In the draw that was held on March 26, Ontario immigration office invited candidates who have CRS score between 351 and 446. Candidates who have applied under Ontario’s Human Capital Priority stream were given a provincial nomination. They also need to have a job-offer from an eligible employer of the province. Candidates who have also met the requirement s of the Human Capital Priority Streams and have shown their language proficiency in French language with CLB score 7 were also given a provincial nomination.

This pattern shows that Ontario immigration office nominates candidates with low CRS scores. They just need to have a job-offer from an eligible employer of the province and also needs to meet the requirements of Human Capital Priority Stream.

Requirements that are needed to be fulfilled in order to apply under Human Capital Priority Stream are as follows:

  • Candidates need to have work experience in an occupation that is in-demand or is categorized under NOC skill level O, A or B.
  • Need to show their language proficiency by obtaining minimum of CLB 7.
  • Should be able to meet the required criteria for Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Canadian Work Experience (CEC).

For more details on OINP: CLICK HERE 


Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program (MPNP):

Manitoba is one of the famous provincial nomination programs. One of the main reasons for its popularity is because of their low CRS points requirements. Candidates can apply for provincial nomination of Manitoba province but there is one requirement. They need to have a blood relative living in Manitoba province as a permanent residence and they must be willing to sponsor the application of the candidate for permanent residence. They need to show that they can support your transition and settlement in the province.

Requirement to apply under MPNP are as follows:

  • Candidates need to score 60 out of 100 in Manitoba point assessment grid.
  • Candidate must have work experience of 2 years in a relevant work field.
  • Must prove their language proficiency via minimum score of 4.5 in IELTS examination.
  • They need to show intention to live and work in the Manitoba
  • Must provide all the documents that are required by the Manitoba immigration office.

For more details on MPNP:  CLICK HERE 


British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program (BC PNP):

Via this program, province is able to fill the gap in the labor market by nominating the highly skilled immigrants to live and work in the province. British Columbia immigration office selects the potential candidates via a point-based system – Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). For candidates who have low CRS score, they need to get a non LMIA approved job offer and must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in the BC PNP website along with supporting documents like job-offer letter, company profile, provincial registration of the company etc.

For more details on BC PNP: CLICK HERE 


Now, if the candidates want to apply for another immigration programs like express entry program, they just have one option left and that is to improve their CRS score. For improving their IELTS score following methods can be accepted:

  • Candidates who are able to land a provincial nomination, they are awarded with 600 additional CRS points. This many points are more than enough to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for applying for permanent resident visa.
  • They can always go for to improve their language proficiency. If they are able to score the level of CLB 10, they are awarded with maximum 24 points.
  • Candidates can increase their work experience. Maximum points are awarded for the candidates who have gathered work experience of 6 years.
  • If the candidates, have a sibling living in Canada they can show them in their application and can get additional points for the connection.
  • If migrating with your spouse or common law-partner to Canada and they have high CRS score in comparison to the applicant, select them as the primary applicants while submitting their application.

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