The latest Express Entry draw saw Canada invited 5,000 immigration candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 468. The minimum Express Entry cutoff score dropped slightly from the last two rounds of invitations held on December 23.
The new CRS requirements are just slightly lower than the previous draw on Dec. 9, when candidates require a minimum score of 469.
This draw brought the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) rolled out this year to 107,350, a record-high number of invitations.
Today’s draw was the fourth consecutive invitation round to release 5,000 invitations for Canadian permanent residence. There was a consistent increase in the number of invitations sent out in all-program Express Entry draws since Sept, 2.
In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic and amid the most stringent travel restriction measures, IRCC only held program-specific draws. Since then, and despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Canadian government has taken critical steps to facilitate immigration processes for most of its program and to ensure the continued selection of skilled workers for Canadian permanent residence.
Express Entry is Canada’s immigration application management system for three main federal economic-class programs: Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Candidates in these programs, as well as some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), are granted a score based on the CRS. Points are awarded depending on a candidate’s human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability in French or English.
The highest-scoring candidates receive an invitation, which they can then use to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
In case of a tie between candidates in the draw, IRCC applies the tie-breaking rule. Candidates who got a CRS score of 468 or more in this draw needed to have lodged their Express Entry profile before June 4, 2020 at 13:39:44 UTC in order to receive an invitation.
Today’s draw continued a trend that has seen the cut-off CRS score declined in each of the previous four draws. This trend may partly be explained by the regular, two-week interval between draws that IRCC has maintained since September and the high number of invitations that are being rolled out in recent draws.
With Canada’s recently announced high immigration targets for the three programs managed by Express Entry and its Provincial Nominee Program, which is also partially processed and managed by the Express Entry system, Canada has rolled out a record number of invitations in recent draws. This year is the first in the program’s history where the number of invitations issued surpassed 100,000.
In recent weeks, a number of Express Entry-aligned provincial nominee streams have been active in recent weeks.
Provinces like Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia and Saskatchewan have all held Express Entry-linked draws over the past four weeks.
Express Entry candidates who obtained a provincial nomination are granted an extra 600 points toward their CRS score and move to the front of the line for an invitations.
These additional 600 points are especially valuable to immigration candidates with lower CRS scores who could not make the cut-off in a federal Express Entry draw.