In a draw which was held on 01 May, 3,350 candidates for Express Entry were invited by the Canadian government to apply for permanent residence in Canada. However, this draw’s cut-off score was 450, one point lower than the least score in the 17th April draw (451).
Since 20 February, this is recognized as the fourth time a decrease has been observed in the cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
Express Entry System
The pool of candidates for the three primary economic immigration categories in Canada, - Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Class – is managed by the Express Entry System. These categories take the largest share of economic class immigrants yearly.
Entry into the Express Entry pool
is made for those candidates eligible for these categories, after which a ranking score is assigned to them based on different factors like English or French proficiency, education, age and experience in skilled Labour.
Invitations are therefore sent to Candidates ranked the highest to apply for permanent residence in the country from the pool, through regular draws.
With the recent draw, the total number of issues Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in 2019 is 31,250. This raises the number of ITAs issued in 2019 above those issued around the same time in 2018 by 6,750.
This increase in the number of invitations show the increasing admission targets for the three programs managed by Express Entry, set to increase yearly between 2019 and 2021.
During the draw on 01 May, the IRCC used the 05 November 2018, at 12:27:07 UTC tie-break. With this, all candidates with 450 scores whose profiles have been entered into the Express Entry pool before this period, as well as those with CRS above 450 were given an ITA.
As such, it is possible that if more frequent or more significant draws are made by IRCC this year, there will be a further reduction of the minimum CRS score.
According to David Cohen, a senior partner with Campbell, Cohen Canadian Immigration law firm, Montreal, witnessing a decrease in cut-off score for CRS, as they have done so far in four out of the five draws lately, is a good thing. As such, there’s the hope of further reduction in the minimum score if the draw size increases in the future.
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