Should I enter the Express Entry pool if I have a low CRS ?
Most of the Applicants who received an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada through recent draws scored above 460 on the Comprehensive Ranking System. There are several reasons why having a low projected CRS score should not discourage you from entering the Express Entry pool.
The Express Entry pool is comprised of applicants for 3-Federal skilled worker immigration programs - The Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class. When applicant enter into the Express Entry pool, then they will be awarded a score under the CRS based on factors specified as-Age, Education, Skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French. This score will determine the rank in the Express Entry pool and the chances of being invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Finally, Canada has set the highest immigration targets for the next three years. From 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada aims to welcome over 400,000 new immigrants per year, of whom, some 110,000 are set to arrive through Express Entry. These targets will continue to increase in following years, reaching a maximum of 113,750 in the year 2023. To meet these targets, Canada will have to continue issuing large numbers of Express Entry invitations and may even see much lower CRS thresholds in future draws.
If you are considering immigrating to Canada, it may be in your interest to enter the Express Entry pool even with a low CRS score, as there are several ways to improve it and you will increase your chances of obtaining permanent residence.