How Low Will It Go?


(For our Friends and readers who might not have heard of Chubby Checker and the Limbo Rock, our accompanying photo - sort of Limbo Rock and Pandanggo sa Ilaw combined - should give you a clue).


The latest draw produced the lowest score needed to be invited to apply for permanent residency to Canada. The landmark score?  450 points, a point lower than the threshold mark of the 13th draw. See the history of draws (Table) below.

From the pool of candidates in the Express Entry pool, 1,545 were issued invitations and should now proceed to submit and complete the application process.  The Canadian government says applications of invited individuals would take only six (6) months.

An above-average Filipino applicant could get 346 points and still be 104 points short of the 17th draw threshold..

The potential applicant (above) would have obtained a Master’s degree before turning 29 years old, had been working for at least 3 years; got a score of 7.0 in the speaking, reading, writing components of the IELTS exam; married to a partner who has at least a bachelor’s degree and obtained an overall band score of 7 in the IELTS exam.

The situation would be radically – and favorably – different if an applicant or candidate is in Canada as a foreign student or worker: much better if the applicant has at least a year of work experience in Canada.   

Under these scenarios the potential of being offered a job in support of the Express Entry application is greater.  Such an applicant also would not have to try and go lower on the limbo pole to meet the landmark score.

A job offer or a nomination by a Canadian province would give an applicant 600 points each.   More Canadian provinces are joining the others in creating a province-specific  Express Entry scheme.  Among all these provinces, however, only Manitoba offers a nomination-to-residency pathway through a close friend or distant relative.

The best part of being an international student in Canada?

You get official authorization to work 20 hours a week while school is in session and work full time on weekends and especially during vacation – approximately four (4) long months of earning full time.

                      

Draw No.

Date of Draw

Invitations Issued

Program

CRS Lowest Score

1

Jan. 31, 2015

779

All programs

886

2

Feb. 7, 2015

779

All programs

818

3

Feb. 20,2015

849

Can.Exp.Class

808

4

Feb. 27, 2015

1,187

All programs

735

5

Mar. 20, 2015

1,620

All programs

481

6

Mar. 27, 2015

1,637

All programs

           453

7

Apr. 10, 2015

925

All programs

469

8

Apr. 17, 2015

715

All programs

453

9

May 22, 2015

1,361

All programs

755

10

Jun. 12, 2015

1,501

All programs

482

11

Jun. 26, 2015

1,575

All programs

469

12

July 10, 2015

1,516

All programs

463

13

July 17, 2015

1,581

All programs

451

14

Aug. 7, 2015

1,402

All programs

471

15

Aug. 21, 2015

1,523

All programs

456

16

Sept. 8, 2015

1,517

All programs

459

17

Sept. 18, 2015

1.545

All programs

450

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.


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