September Express Entry draw issues 3,600 invitations for Canadian ResidenceThe September 4th Express Entry draw saw 3,600 invitations sent out to applicants looking to apply for Canadian permanent residence. This month’s draw called for a score of at least 463 points on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
The Government of Canada’s Express Entry program extends permanent residence invitations to eligible applicants. Candidates are evaluated based on their CRS score, which awards points based on skilled work and education experience, age, and language proficiency in French or English. During regular Express Entry draws a limited number of the highest scoring applicants are sent invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
There have been more Express Entry draws so far in 2019 compared to this time last year. A total of 59,800 ITAs have been sent this year, with 54,700 awarded by September in 2018.
Although more invitations have been issued at each Express Entry draw, there have been longer wait times between the draws. Because of this, the minimum score requirements have been higher on average.
Longer wait times allow more time for new applicants to enter the draw. If the new applicants have higher scores that means the minimum score requirements will increase. Shorter wait times have the opposite effect, lowering the CRS score requirements.
The September 4th draw needed to apply the tie break procedure. This procedure is used when multiple candidates have the same score. It gives priority to the candidates who have had their profiles in the system longer.
Hopeful applicants with low CRS scores can find ways to increase their points. One way is through provincial nomination programs, which can award up to 600 additional points. Provincial nomination streams also happen more frequently than Express Entry.