CRS threshold was expected to go up before coming down- CIC report

Posted on December 24, 2016

Experienced analysts of trends in Canada’s world-renowned immigration points system made the point soon after the recent changes to the CRS were brought in that those changes may actually have the short-term effect of increasing the CRS threshold. This is due to two points in relation to qualifying job offers under the new system. First, the requirements surrounding job offers have been relaxed to include many candidates holding an employer-specific work permit in Canada (such as a NAFTA work permit, or a work permit issued to an intra-company transferee). This has had the effect of increasing the number of candidates who may claim points for a job offer. On the other hand, the number of CRS points awarded for a job offer has decreased substantially — in most cases, from 600 points down to 50 points (though some senior managerial level positions are worth 200 points).

As a result, it was expected that the CRS cut-off for the first couple of draws after the changes have come into force may go up or remain relatively high to allow for the fact that more candidates with job offers may claim additional points. Once this initial group of candidates has exited the pool — as is now the case given the additional ITAs issued over the past week — IRCC expects the CRS cut-off point to decrease over time. Stakeholders should note IRCC’s desired and expected outcome of the recent changes which state that candidates without a job offer are likely to have a better chance of receiving an ITA. From January to September, 2016, 35 percent of ITAs were issued to candidates without a job offer or provincial nomination; IRCC expects this figure to increase as we enter 2017.

Source: CIC news