The first part of 2017 has been quite dynamic for the Canadian Express Entry system. It may be seen as a transitional period which came as it did between two sets of improvements to the Express Entry system.
Even though the first set of improvements started last November, they were as never seen before. The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points that are awarded for a qualifying job offer was changed from 600 points to either 50 or 200! This was depending on the job position offered.
When making these important changes, IRCC was able to predict that: “…a reduction of points to candidates with arranged employment means the CRS cut-off will decline”. It was also added that it aimed to create balance to the Comprehensive Ranking System. And also put greater weight on human capital, experience and personal skills.
While the number of total points each candidate needs to obtain for a job offer has decreased, the requirements for the job offer were released to include many candidates holding employer-specific work permits in Canada.
That is why, it was expected that the CRS threshold in the first few draws after these changes were first made would actually go up temporarily. This in order to allow for the fact that more candidates with job offers could claim additional points.
In the end, this is what happened through closing weeks of 2016 and into 2017. The total point requirement for each candidate to receive an ITA went from 497 to 434. This only in just two-and-a-half months!
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