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Express Entry Points Draw

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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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.