September 18 Express Entry draw saw 3,600 candidates invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The minimum required CRS score in yesterday’s draw was 462. This is one point less than the last draw, which was conducted September 4 and had a cut-off score of 463.
The Express Entry system controls and manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three economic immigration Programs — the Federal skilled trades class, Federal skilled workers class and Canadian Experience Class to obtain Canadian permanent residence
Qualified applicants are ranked in the pool according to their CRS score, which is based on several factors such as age, educational qualifications, Language proficiency, skilled work experience, adaptability among other factors.
A specified number of the highest-ranked applicants are invited to apply through regular draws from the express entry pool, which are usually conducted every two (2) weeks.
The September 18 invitation round brings the sum total number of invitations to apply (ITAs) sent out this year to 63,400.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) had sent out 58,600 ITAs by this same point in 2018 and completed that year with the current ITA record of 89,800.
Canada’s admissions targets for the three major economic immigration categories are 81,400 for 2019 and 85,800 for 2020.
The tie-break used in the September 18 draw was August 29, 2019, at 07:57:13 UTC. This means that all applicants with a score above 462 gets an invitations, as did those candidates with a score of 462 whose Express Entry profiles were created prior the tie-break date and time.
The fact that the minimum score falls one point may be due to IRCC maintaining a two-week interval period between today’s draw and the prior invitation round on September 4.
Candidates with scores below the present cut-off who want to increase their ranking have a number of possible options, the most valuable being a provincial nomination through an enhance nomination stream.
A provincial nomination through any of these Express Entry-linked streams results in an extra 600 CRS points and practically guarantees an invitation in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
Some of these nomination streams does not require a minimum CRS score in order to be qualified, while others have CRS requirement that are far below the present cut-off score.
The Alberta Express Entry Stream is a good example of this latter type. In its most recent nomination conducted August 28, it issued invitations to Express Entry candidates with scores as low as 400.
The Saskatchewan province also has an Express Entry-linked sub-category that requires relevant work experience in an occupation that’s considered in-demand, among other requirements, but don’t require an employent offer in the province or a minimum CRS score.
In a new development Wednesday, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program significantly increased the list of qualified in-demand occupations, from 19 to hundreds to 200 occupation.
Here are two hypothetical examples of candidates in Express Entry who would have received an invitation in recent draw:
Jasmine is 32 years old, hold a master’s degree and has been working as a financial expert for four years. She wrote her IELTS and scored an eight (8) in each category. While she’s has never studied or worked in Canada, her CRS score of 462 would have been good enough to get an invitation during the September 18 Express Entry draw.
Ihsan and Lina are married and are 29 years and 32 years old, respectively. They have each been working as Sales advertising consultants for four years. They each wrote the IELTS and obtained an 8 in listening and 7 in each of the other three proficiency. Ihsan has two Bachelor’s degrees and Lina holds only one. Neither has ever studied or worked in Canada. They joined the EE pool with Ihsan as the principal applicant. Ihsan’s CRS score of 463 would have been good enough to get an invitation during the September 18 draw and eventually obtain a Canadian permanent residence.
According to immigration lawyer, David Cohen, “It’s great to see current innovation in Canada’s Express Entry-linked provincial nomination scheme like the complete overhauling of Saskatchewan’s in-demand occupations list, which has increased the number of eligible occupations dramatically.”