So your CRS score after your calculations does not qualify you for a nomination and wonder if your dream to live in Canada has blown up into thin air.
Good news is that you can still migrate to Canada or become a permanent resident with a Comprehensive Ranking Score as low as 300 points.
There are several effective alternate pathways with which you can immigrate or get an invitation to apply for Permanent Residence.
Canada Provincial Nominee Program is designed to bring candidates to Canada, and their main source is the Federal Express Entry Program.
Candidates who have express entry profile are nominated by the various province in Canada. Each province choosing its candidates depending on the skill or labour market need of the province.
Those who have profiles are score based on several factors such as language proficiency, education, work experience, and age. Candidates with the highest score will get an invitation to apply.
While some province may send invitations to qualified candidates. Others would prefer the candidates who are registered with an active profile to send a form of interest application called Expression of Interest (EOI) to the province.
For a candidate to either of the two, the candidate must obtain the province minimum CRS score in order to be considered for a nomination.
Now, candidates who qualify and are eligible for a nomination are giving additional CRS score of 600 points which qualifies them to apply for a PR.
What are Your Options?
Those who do not qualify but got a CRS of 300 points need not lose hope. With low CRS you may not qualify for a nomination to your desired province except you show interest to immigrate through the following PNP:
- Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
- Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
- Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
- Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
- Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), etc.
These provincial nominee programs have several streams that offer a pathway for candidates with a CRS as low as 300 points.
Take for instance the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) which is controlled by the government of Alberta.
It is one of the best PNP in Canada and has so far held more than 18 draws this year alone, issuing over 5000 Invitation to Apply to candidates.
Alberta in some of its draws this year has reduced its CRS cut-off score to as low as 300 points. On the other hand, the province of Ontario which owns the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has sent invitations to candidates with CRS as low as 350-400 points.
These Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) offers alternate pathways for these candidates who have these low scores, providing a good chance for a nomination.
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