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3350 candidates invited by Canada with the cut-off score of 470 in the Latest Express Entry draw 

On May 29, 2019, Canada invited 3,350 Express Entry (EE) candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Since it has been almost a month from the previous draw, the cut-off score went up to 470, 20 points higher than last all-programs draw held on May 1, 2019. 

All-programs draws involve candidates from the three Federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class, which are managed by the Express Entry system. 

All-programs draws usually are held every two weeks. The more time between two draws, the more likely EE pool can accumulate higher-scoring candidates. That could affect the raising of the cut-off score. 

So far in 2019, Canada has issued 35,100 Invitations to Apply (ITAs). 

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Latest Express Entry pool draw sees minimum CRS score drop

Since February 20th, the minimum Express Entry (EE) Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score has dropped four times.

On May 1st, another draw for permanent residence was held. The lowest score in this draw was 450.

The minimum CRS score in the two previous draws was 451.

Scores are based on factors such as age, experience, language proficiency in English or French, and education.

3,350 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada for the May 1st draw.

So far, for 2019, the number of invitations given to EE candidates has risen to 31,250. The total goal for invitations given through Express Entry pools by the end of 2019 is 81,400.

The Express Entry system includes the candidate pools from the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class. These three pools draw in the greatest number of economic class newcomers each year.

All prior candidates who have profiles in the EE pool with a score of or above 450, and did not receive an invitation to apply (ITA) previously have since received an ITA.

The minimum CRS score has the potential to drop in future draws throughout the year. If draw sizes increase, it is likely that the minimum score will continue to go down even further.

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2019 Minimum CRS Score & Time Between Draws

Express Entry cut off’sexpected to continue to fall

In the draw (#113) on 20 March, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sent invitations to 3,350 candidates, inviting them to submit applications for permanent residence. The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for the draw was 452.

In the previous draw on March 6, the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) was 3,350, with a cut-off score of 454. For the draw for February 20, 3,350 applicants were invited on a cut-off score of 457. They were all drawn 14 days apart, and the cut-off score continued to drop.

The first draw of the year (#108) took place on 9 January, with 3,900 candidates being invited and a cut-off score of 449; The draw 14 days later also invited 3,900 people with a cut-off score of 443. The CRS cut-off score continues to drop when the draw is made within 14 days of each other.

According to the immigration plan released by IRCC, the total number of planned immigrants in the three categories of the Express Entry system — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class in 2018 was 74,900. In 2019, it could be 81,400. It will continue to increase in 2020 and 2021. It looks like the number of future draws could also continue to grow.

As of the #113 draw on March 20, IRCC had issued a total of 21,200 invitations in 2019, up from 14,500 in the same period in 2018.

The drop in the cut-off score for the two draws in a row was a welcome result. If the draw for the second quarter of 2019 is larger, and IRCC keeps the draw frequency at about every two weeks, we could see that the cut-off score may continue to decline.

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New Express Entry draw threshold falls to 440Minimum threshold goes down by five points in latest Express Entry draw

  3,900 candidates were sent invitation to apply for permanent residence in the New Express Entry draw held on October 15th. This latest draw saw the minimum score this year at 440 which has ranged between 440 and 452 throughout the year.  
The minimum threshold reached in the previous draw was 445 on October 3rd, which dropped by 5 points. This is the fifth time in this year that the score has dipped to 440.
  This marks the fifth time in 2018 that the minimum score for an all-program Express Entry draw was 440.   According to the tie-break rule followed by IRCC, the date and time used was September 18, 2018, at 11:06:29 UTC, which means that all candidates with a score above 440, as well as those candidates with scores of 440 who submitted their profile before this specified date and time, will receive an ITA in this invitation round.  
The gap between the two draws is only 12 days, and it is believed that the fact that this draw was held earlier than the 15-day interval, helped the score slide down. Usually such a drastic reduction in between draws, and large no of applicants being invited helps the score go low. The lesser the time between draws, the lesser the time for the pool to replenish, and this is what results in lower scores.
  In the Express Entry system, which came into force in 2015, applicants are ranked according to their comprehensive ranking scores, which bases points based on factors including work experience, education, age and proficiency in English or French, Canada’s two official languages.  

Candidates with the highest scores are issued an ITA through regular invitation rounds.

  In 2018, IRCC has till now issued more than 70,000 invitations. A total no of 22 draws have been held so far in this year. In 2017, IRCC had till now sent 72,221 ITAs. The total no of applicants invited through Express Entry last year was 86,023.   The Govt of Canada has a target of 74,900 immigrants brought in through its 3 categories under Express Entry that is Federal Skilled Workers, Federal Skilled Trades and the Canadian Experience Class. For 2019, this target is 81,400.    

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Quebec EOI Canada

U.S. work experience given weightage among other ranking factors for Quebec EOI

Quebec EOI: Quebec has released new information on how candidates in its new skilled worker Expression of Interest will be organized and ranked.  
With consideration being given to US work experience, Quebec EOI system has become the first immigration system in the world that ranks candidates according to their American work among other factors.
  Candidates who submit a profile to QSWP’s new Expression of Interest Bank will be classed in two groups — one group for candidates with a job offer or who are living in Quebec and meet specific criteria, and another for candidates living outside of Quebec.  

The first group is for candidates who:

  • 1. have a job offer in Quebec; OR
  • 2. are residing in Quebec with the principal goal of working and
  • 3. have a work permit and an eligible degree from a Quebec educational institution; OR
  • 4. have a work permit that is valid for 12 months or more, six-months of full-time work experience and are currently working full-time.
 

These 7 criteria will be the basis of scores obtained by this first group:

  1. 1. Age
  2. 2. Quebec diploma
  3. 3. Canadian or U.S. work experience
  4. 4. Proficiency in French
  5. 5. Knowledge of other languages
  6. 6. Education
  7. 7. A spouse or common-law partner’s education and proficiency in French
 

Candidates in this group will also receive points for the following combinations:

  1. 1. Education combined with proficiency in French (either their own or, if applicable, their spouse’s — whichever score is highest);
  2. 2. Education combined with work experience in Canada or the US and proficiency in French;
  3. 3. Foreign work experience combined with proficiency in French;
  4. 4. Foreign work experience combined with work experience in Canada or the U.S. and proficiency in French
  The second group of candidates are people who do not live in Quebec. Candidates in this group will be ranked based on scores obtained under the following eight factors:  
  1. 1. Age
  2. 2. Quebec diploma
  3. 3. Canadian or U.S. work experience
  4. 4. Training that Quebec has listed as in-demand
  5. 5. Proficiency in French
  6. 6. Knowledge of other languages
  7. 7. Education
  8. 8. A spouse or common-law partner’s education and proficiency in French
 

Candidates in this second group will also receive points for thecombinations given above.

  The province has not yet given out the details of the points structure for the various factors and skills combinations.
It is touted that the province’s CSQ could also issue invitations to the highest scoring candidates or based on selection criteria or certain priority conditions, which relate to a foreign national’s ability to successfully stay or settle in Quebec, such as training or a trade or occupation. Other criteria could include a specific region of destination in Québec, a country or region affected by a humanitarian crisis or the existence of an international commitment.
  There are many similarities between Quebec’s Expression of Interest Bank and the federal Express Entry system, but there some very important differences too.
Like Quebec, candidates for all three classes managed by Express Entry are ranked based on core human capital factors and Skill Transferability combinations, with additional points awarded for a Canadian job offer, a provincial nomination, a sibling in Canada, Canadian education or French language proficiency.
Additional points range from 15 points to 600 points for a provincial nomination and help fast-track candidates for permanent residence.   For the moment, the ranking details outlined by Quebec do not include such additional factors. The new division of QSWP candidates into two groups depending on whether they have a Quebec job offer, education in Quebec or Quebec work experience could also have a similar fast-track effect.    

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Saskatchewan EOI

No minimum CRS threshold for Saskatchewan’s new Expression of Interest system linked to federal Express Entry

The Saskatchewan EOI Immigrant Nominee Program’s new Expression of Interest system for its Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories has opened.   Before this new system came into operation, Saskatchewan had a first-come, first-served model that was used for these two International Skilled Worker sub-categories. The doors used to be shut to the many qualified applicants who couldn’t get their applications in on time.  
This new system allows for the Saskatchewan province to select eligible immigration candidates already in the Federal Express Entry pool and invite them for a provincial nomination. Skilled workers who possess the specified amount of work experience in one of the provinces’ in demand occupations sub category may become eligible to receive the Provincial nomination.
  The province feels that the change-over to the new EOI system will allow the SINP to target those immigrants who are most likely to find success in the Saskatchewan labour market. As the SINP says on the webpage outlining the new system, “a goal of the EOI system is to ensure strong economic outcomes and long-term retention in Saskatchewan for those invited to apply.”   Candidates who score at least 60 points on the assessment grid and satisfy other eligibility requirements enter the Saskatchewan pool of candidates for either the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-category and those selected are invited to apply for a provincial nomination through regular draws.   This new system follows other Canadian provinces that are using the merit-based EOI approach to select immigration candidates. The federal government’s Express Entry system also replaced a first come first served model in 2015 and now highest-ranked candidates are selected to apply for Permanent Residence based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).  
Saskatchewan’s EOI system will also give more people an opportunity to compete for a provincial nomination through these sub-categories. These are among the few in Canada that do not require a job offer to be considered for nomination.
  With this move to regularize draws instead of occasional openings, it will no longer about the lucky few who were quick enough to apply and the focus will be on skilled immigrants required by the labour market of the province.   This could also be good news for interested Express Entry candidates with lower CRS scores. Saskatchewan’s Express Entry sub-category does not have a minimum CRS score requirement, so anyone eligible for the Express Entry pool can submit an Expression of Interest. A provincial nomination is worth an additional 600 CRS points, which essentially guarantees an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence to all Express Entry candidates who receive one, regardless of their initial CRS score  

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June sees highest no of ITA’s being sent out

June 2018 has seen maximum no of ITA’s being sent out under the Federal Express Entry system.  This month has seen two Express Entry draws invite a total of 7,500 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence. This no is the highest since 2015 when Express Entry had started.   Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 3,750 Invitations to Apply, or ITAs, in each of the two all-program draws held in June, the largest invitation rounds in 2018   Under the Federal Express Entry system, candidates are assessed in three main categories, the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and the Canadian Experience Class. Candidates receiving highest points are sent Invitation to Apply.   2018 has seen a gradual increase in the no of invitations being sent out in each subsequent draw. However contrary to expectations set out by the Immigration target of 10,00,000 immigrants by 2020, CRS scores have ranged between 440 and 451 in this year.   Larger draw sizes, and more frequent invitation rounds, can also have the effect of lowering the CRS score. In the first round of June scores went the highest. But the second draw of the month, held on June 25, saw the cut-off CRS score fall to 442.   In the case of the June 13 draw, IRCC had let three weeks elapse between all-program draws, which allowed more candidates to enter the pool and saw the CRS cut-off jump from 440 to 451.The June 25 draw occurred only 12 days later, which meant the pool had less time to replenish and contributed to the CRS scored dropping by nine points, to 442.