October Express Entry Draw

Canada’s latest Express Entry scores still sitting at a 472 high

The latest Express Entry draw on November 13 had 3,600 invitations to apply (ITAs) sent to candidates looking to apply for Canadian permanent residence. This draw called for a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 472 or higher. This latest invitation round brings Canada’s Express Entry to a total of 75,300 ITAs distributed so far in 2019.

Canada’s Express Entry system examines the profiles of economic immigrants from three Federal High Skilled workers categories. The Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Federal Skilled Workers Class

The Government of Canada holds several draws for Express Entry candidates several times a month, usually at a bi-weekly rate. Notably, the minimum required CRS scores for Express Entry tend to be lower when there is a shorter gap between draw dates. 

The candidates are chosen based on their CRS scores, which rank age, work history, education background and language skills. Although candidates do not require Canadian job offers to be eligible, it does carry extra 50 points on their total scores. Express Entry candidates with lower CRS scores can look to provincial nominations, which award 600 additional points to candidates’ scores. 

The Express Entry draws are reaching close to the record-breaking totals of last year, which totalled at 89,800 invitations by the end of the year in 2018. With just about six weeks left of 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) only have to distribute a little more than 14,500 more invitations to reach a new record.

October Express Entry Draw

Another 3,900 invitations issued in October Express Entry draw

Canada’s latest federal Express Entry draw took place on October 30, where 3,900 candidates were given invitations for permanent residence. This draw required applicants to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 475.

Express Entry is a method through which skilled workers can obtain invitations for permanent residence in Canada. Although a job offer in Canada is not required, candidates do have to make a profile in the system. The Express Entry system manages the profiles of economic class workers. There are three programs that it primarily manages: the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Federal Skilled Worker Class.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is the Express Entry system’s method of ranking and scoring candidates. It awards points based on the candidates’ education experience, work history, language proficiency (in English or French), and other factors. During each draw, a limited number of candidates are selected based on how high their scores are.

This selection’s score minimum was 475, which is eleven points higher than the October 2 draw’s score of 464. The rise in the score is most likely due to the large gap between draws. Incidentally, 28 days passed between the two selections. It is a possibility that this gap was due to the federal election, which took place on October 21 this year, and may have affected preparation for the draw.

For potential applicants with lower CRS scores, there are ways to raise them. One method is by improving their language scores in either French or English. But another way is by obtaining a provincial nomination from one of Canada’s 10 provincial governments. Provincial nominations reward successful applicants with 600 points for their CRS scores. Such a boost in score puts them on a fast track to gaining permanent residence.