On 2nd October 2019, the Government of Canada announced the CRS score cut off of 464 points, which effectively assured 3,900 express entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Individuals in the Express Entry pool required a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 464 and above to be nominated in this round of draw.
Today’s draw saw an increase of 300 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) over the last held on draw on September 18. The last time Canada immigration authorities (IRCC) invited 3,900 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence for Canada was on January 23, 2019.
The Express Entry system is Canada’s major source of recruiting foreign skilled workers. Qualified candidates enter into the Express Entry pool and are assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on their educational qualifications, age, work experience and English or French proficiency among other factors.
A job offer is not needed to be selected from the Express Entry pool.
The highest-ranked applicants are issued invitations for Canadian permanent residence during regular draws from the pool.
In order to enter the Express Entry pool, applicants must first fulfill the eligibility criteria for one of Canada’s three major Federal High Skilled economic-class immigration streams —the Federal Skilled Trades Class, Federal Skilled Workers Class, and Canadian Experience Class.
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) implemented a tie break rule in the October 2 draw; applicants had to have lodged their profiles before September 20, 2019, at 15:05:04 UTC. This means that all applicants with CRS scores above 464, as well as those with scores of 464 who have entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, are practically assured an ITA.
The 3,900 invitations sent out in today’s draw took the total number of invitations given out in 2019 to 67,300.
If these trends continued over the final quarter of 2019, the increased draw size could help IRCC exceed its single-year ITA record of 89,800 invites that was set last year.
It is practically possible that IRCC will surpass this record given Canada’s higher admissions targets for Express Entry in 2019 and 2020.
Draws are normally conducted every two weeks and this round of draw was no exception.
Before now, scores have increased after a long break between draws, while draws conducted at shorter intervals, like today’s draw, have helped to cut down the CRS cut-off score.
This year has been a remarkable year for Canada’s provincial nominee programs, in terms of several innovations that have been implemented.
The higher cut-off score in today’s draw may reflect a larger number of Express Entry applicants with a provincial nomination, which awards candidates with an extra 600 CRS points.
Since the previous Express Entry draw on September 18, there have been a number of provincial nomination rounds that targeted Express Entry applicants.
British Columbia’s latest draw invited 402 applicants to apply for a provincial nomination on October 1; 109 invitations of those were issued to people with a valid Express Entry profiles.
Saskatchewan invited 404 people to apply for a provincial selection on September 26.
Manitoba also conducted a draw inviting fifteen (15) Express Entry applicants to apply for a provincial nomination on previous month of September 25.
Alberta conducted a draw linked with Express Entry on September 18, inviting applicants with CRS scores of 350 and above. Last month, on September 11, Alberta sent out invitations to applicants with scores as low as 302.
Nova Scotia nominated twenty-two (22) carpenters out of the Express Entry pool via the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priority Stream.
Prince Edward Island sent out 122 ITAs through its Express Entry linked program, as well as its Labour Impact and Business Work Permit category. The PEI did not give us a breakdown of how many were Express Entry, nor what the score criteria was.
The first step towards pursuing many of Canada’s Express Entry linked provincial nomination streams is to lodge a valid Express Entry profile.