Express Entry ends 2019 with 3,200 invitations and a lowered CRS score
In the last Express Entry draw of 2019, the Government of Canada distributed 3,200 invitations to immigration candidates looking to apply for permanent residence. The draw was held on December 19, a little over a week after the previous draw on December 11. The minimum required Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for this final draw was 469, which is three points lower than the last selection.
The candidates for this draw were selected, as always, from three of the immigration categories used for skilled workers. These categories are the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Class. Additionally, these draws are held every few weeks, and they usually distribute a large number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to eligible candidates.
Express Entry selects candidates for the draws based on the profiles they have submitted to the system’s pool of entries. Their profiles are ranked by the number of points awarded by the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Evidently, the points attributed to the profiles are based on criteria outlined by the CRS. They consider factors like work experience, education background, age, English or French language ability, and many other factors. In short, to qualify for Express Entry draws, the candidates’ profiles must meet the minimum CRS score requirements.
Express Entry’s minimum CRS score requirements tend to fluctuate, but it has become apparent that longer periods between draws usually means an increase in the score. With only a little over a week between these last two Express Entry draws, the minimum CRS score impressively decreased by three points.
With 2019 coming to a close, the Government of Canada has now distributed 85,300 ITAs through Express Entry. Next, the federal government plans to send out 85,800 ITAs by the end of 2020.