As we head into 2022, there is one big question on everyone’s mind: will the Canadian CRS score for immigration go down? If and when FSW draws open in the second half of the current year, I expect the CRS score cut-off to be as high as 500 points for a long time.
The simple reason is that IRCC has stopped conducting all program draws and CEC draws. As a result, now you have many high-scoring candidates in the 500+ range not getting selected. So when the draws do start, the cut-off will remain high.
Will CRS score come down in 2022?
No, the CRS score will stay very high (500+) for FSW candidates when the Express Entry draws re-open in 2022.
What is a good CRS score in 2022?
A good CRS score for 2022 is around 500 points. However, do note IRCC has put a pause on Express Entry draws for FSW, CEC, and FST for at least the first half of 2022. So, when the draws re-open, we expect the cut-off to go higher due to the accumulation of high-scoring candidates in the express entry pool.
How can I improve my CRS score in Canada?
Canadian immigration is undergoing some changes, and because Express Entry draws for FSW, CEC and FST have been put on hold for the first half of 2022. Lack of Express Entry draws targeting FSW and CEC will create an inevitable backlog of high-scoring candidates in the pool.
There are already 5563 candidates in the pool with a CRS score between 500-600 points as on February 28, 2022. This number will swell by mid-year so understandably, the CRS score will not go down in 2022 because no Express Entry draws are selecting these candidates until June 2022 due to temporary hold as per IRCC.
The IRCC internal memo also takes note of this. It shares that based on the availability of highly qualified candidates in the pool, Canada is expected to meet its 2022 immigration targets with no new Economic draw. This means that even if Canada does not conduct any Express Entry draw for FSW and CEC, it will still meet its 2022 targets. Hence, as and when the draws do re-open, you will see that the CRS Cut-off will remain very high for the foreseeable future.