How justified it is to Apply for a PNP with Constantly Reducing CRS Score?

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The Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have been quite lenient towards the Canadian PR aspirants registered in Express Entry this year. The constant fall in CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) Score requirement indicates the same. In the latest draw of express entry the CRS score requirement or qualifying marks went down to 423 points.

Hence, several express entry applicants with low CRS are in dilemma whether and not to look out for the alternate options, i.e. Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), etc.

Is Applying in a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Justified at now?

Well, it entirely depends on your approach as to how serious you are about obtaining the Permanent Residency in Canada. The Qualifying marks reduce drastically in last few express entry draws and trend at now seem to be positive.

Also Read- Quebec to Accept 5,000 new Applications under QSWP- The Program is Likely to open soon

However, how long this party time will continue for the low score express entry applicants nobody really knows. The IRCC has a reputation of being unpredictable with its decisions when it comes to express entry draw results.

It has been observed several times in the history of express entry draws that first, the qualifying marks keeps on reducing for few draws and then suddenly in one fine draw IRCC puts the brakes and CRS Score requirement starts going in the upward direction and vice versa. So, even if the qualifying marks reducing at now, you cannot sit relax that it will come down below 400 soon.

What you must do as an aspirant of Canadian PR With low CRS Score?

If your CRS score is around 400 mark, you must look out for alternate options as well apart from express entry, such as Provincial Nominee Programs or Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). There are several Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are in pipeline this year. The QSWP has also announced to accept 5,000 new applications in the spring of 2017.

The key provincial nominee programs to watch out for in the year 2017 are:

  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
  • Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
  • Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSNP)
  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

You can apply in express entry system as well as in a provincial nominee program side by side. Once you get the invitation or nomination from any of the express entry or PNP, you can withdraw your application from the other one.

The Provincial Nominee Programs and QSWP have different eligibility criteria compared to express entry; hence, you can always look to explore other options, if you are not getting the positive response from express entry system. For instance, 400 CRS points are required to apply in the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

Also Read- OINP is Resuming the Issuance of Notifications Under its Express Entry– HCP Stream (April 10-14, 2017)

Seek Advice and Assistance from an expert?

If you are not familiar with express entry or other immigration programs of Canada, you may get in touch with an accredited Canadian Immigration and Visa consultant for inclusive immigration process assistance. An efficient Visa Consultancy Firm with its experience and expertise guide you to apply in the right immigration program and also helps you file the visa application with thorough accuracy.

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