The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score dropped yet again to 437 as Canada held its latest Canadian Experience Class draw. This is the lowest CRS for CEC candidates, in Express Entry since 2017.
The new Express Entry round rolled out 3,559 invitations to Canadian Experience Class candidates on June 11.
The cut-off score of 437 is a reduction of three points from the last Canadian Experience Class draw on May 28, which had the lowest score of 440 and was the lowest CRS requirement of 2020.
That draw was also the largest Canadian Experience Class-specific Express Entry draw since May 1st, and the second-biggest since Canada’s special coronavirus measures took place in the middle of March.
This draw was the second invitation round this week to sent out Invitations for Canadian permanent residence.
Another 341 invitations to apply (ITA) were sent to Express Entry candidates nominated via the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) yesterday, June 10. The lowest CRS score for these candidates was 743.
Express Entry draw cut-offs continue to drop as Canada’s Immigration Ministry (IRCC) invites a larger number of CEC-specific candidates.
The time between draws is a major factor that can have an impact on the CRS cut-off score. Shorter intervals between draws mean lesser candidates have time to enter a profile in the Express Entry pool.
This draw continued a trend that has seen the cut-off CRS score continued to decrease in each of the last seven CEC draws conducted since the last all-program draw on March 4, 2020.
Canada’s Express Entry system manages and controls 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 receive invitations through regular draws from the pool and IRCC normally aims to process applications for Canadian permanent residence within six months.
IRCC applied its deciding rule in this draw and the date and time used were May 25, 2020, at 00:31:43 UTC. This means that all Canadian Experience Class candidates with a CRS score of at least 437 who lodged their profile before this date and time, received invitations in this invitation round.
Today’s draw brings the total ITAs sent out in 2020 to 46,000. Still ahead of the number of invitations issued at this time last year and the year before.
Despite the fact that Canada’s immigration policies and procedures have gone through major changes since March 18 due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Express Entry system has remained largely operational and candidates can still lodge a profile.
IRCC has conducted a total of thirteen Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program draws in the last two (2) months.
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.