Canada’s Express Entry draws sees another CRS score drops again to 447, just nearly after 24 hours, with the previous draw, having a CRS cut off of 452. The May 15 specific-draw had the lowest points cut off for this group since January 2019.
The new Express Entry round sent out 3,371 invitations to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 447 or higher.
The cut-off score of 447 is a reduction of five points from the last CEC draw held on May 1, which had a minimum CRS score of 452 and was previously the least CRS requirement of 2020. The May 15 draw issue Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canada immigration.
Another 529 invitations were sent out to Express Entry candidates nominated via the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) yesterday, May 14. The least CRS score for these candidates was 718.
Canada’s Express Entry system manages the profiles of candidates for three of Canada’s major economic-class immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Trades Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class, and Canadian Experience Class.
Candidates are ranked based on a score allotted under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that considers factors such as age, educational qualifications, skilled work experience and language proficiency in English or French.
A specified number of the highest-ranked candidates got an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence, or invitations, through regular draws from the pool and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) normally aims to process an application for permanent residence within six months.
The draw held today continued a trend that has seen the cut-off CRS score drops in each of the last four CEC draws. This trend may be explained in part by the relatively regular frequency and intervals between draws that IRCC has maintained during the past two months.
The time between draws is a crucial factor that can have an impact on the CRS cut-off score. Shorter intervals between draws mean fewer individuals have time to enter a profile in the Express Entry pool.
IRCC employed its tie-break rule in this draw and the dates and time used was December. 23, 2019, at 10:01:06 UTC. This means that all Canadian Experience Class candidates with a CRS score above 447 as well as those candidates with scores of 447 who lodged their profile prior to this date and time, obtained an ITAs in this invitation round.
Today’s draw brings the total ITAs rolled out in 2020 to 38,200.
Despite the fact that Canada’s immigration policies and procedures have gone through major modifications since March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Express Entry system has remained functional and candidates can still lodge a profile.
IRCC has conducted ten Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee draws over the past nine (9) weeks, inviting nearly 19,500 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Both categories of candidates are more likely to already be in Canada than those arriving via other Express entry-aligned programs, which means they will not be affected by the current travel restrictions.
Lastly, provinces continue to carry out draws as well through the Provincial Nominee Program.
Provincial nomination can make candidates highly competitive in the Express Entry pool. Those who obtained a provincial nomination through any of the provincial Express Entry streams are awarded 600 extra points.