Study Abroad: CRS Cut-off Significantly Drops in Express Entry, Canada PR Process Eased

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In Canada CRS Cut-off Significantly Drops in Express Entry
CRS cut-off marks have dropped by 17 points making Canada Express Entry for Permanent Residency easier; 5,500 invites in the second draw.

Settling in Canada as a Permanent Resident requires Express Entry where applicants who score above the CRS cut-off marks are invited. In 2023, the second draw of Express Entry saw an overwhelming number of 5,500 invites. Reportedly, this is mainly because of the fact that the CRS cut-off dropped to a staggering 490 marks compared to 507 in the first draw of 2023.


Express Entry essentially reduces the PR Visa application process timing to a duration of 6 months or less. This draw had no particular chosen category for the invites. Invites were made from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). This is an event that can encourage many Indians with appropriate skills, education, and experience to apply for PR Visa in Canada.

Express Entry draws resumed in the month of July 2022 when there was a significant drop in the CRS score. In November 2022, the CRS cut-off score plummeted to 491. The next draw picked up the competitive pace and the cut-off was higher, touching 507. The jeopardized fluctuations in the CRS cut-off happened due to the pandemic. 

However, this low cut-off score gives hope to a lot of study-abroad students who want to work and settle in Canada. Also, the randomized entries from all the categories will inspire many Indian professionals and Indian study-abroad students in Canada to apply for Express Entry.

The new Express Entry agenda of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has started the new TEER system of application review. TEER stands for Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities. 

This new system of TEER allows Indian students and professionals to prove their credibility on a grading range of 0 to D on the basis of these four criteria. It is expected that the lower CRS cut-off scores will encourage a lot more applications and greater invites from all the categories.

Students who go to Canada for their study abroad dreams will now be able to leverage this opportunity to gain experience in Canada and apply for PR status with this better evaluation system.

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