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Minimum CRS Score For Express Entry Draw Drops By 9 Points In 8 Days

The minimum CRS score falls by nine (9) points as Canada immigration authorities carry out a second Express Entry draw in eight (8) days.

In the August 20 draw, a total of 3,600 candidates received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Applicants needed a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 457 points, compared to the 466 required in the first Express Entry draw. This was the 4th consecutive draw in which 3,600 invitation to Apply have been sent out.

The Immigration Authorities have now sent out invites to 56,200 candidates in 2019, against a high-skilled immigration admission target of 81,400. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) broke the record for yearly Express Entry ITAs in 2018 with 89,800.

The second draw saw the tie-breaking rule executed on March 24, 2019, at 11.32am EST. If more than one applicant had the minimum CRS score, only those who lodged their Express Entry profiles prior to this date and time received invitations. This was the Seventeenth (17th) round of invitations issued under Express Entry in 2019 and 124th overall.

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Source: immigration.ca

What is Express Entry System?

The Express Entry system is an immigration tool operated and managed by Canadian immigration authorities (IRCC) on January 1, 2015, which manages the application of economic skilled immigration to Canada. This includes the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Canada Experience Class and some aspect of the Provincial Nomination Programs.

Stakeholders anticipates nearly Thirty (30) draws and more than 80,000 invitations sent out in 2019, with most of the draws featuring CRS scores below 460 to allow the Canadian immigration authorities to meet the set annual immigration targets for 2019.

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Note: Draw No 10 was Skilled Trades only, with minimum CRS of 332

How Are Express Entry Profile Points Determined?

Your Express Entry profile will acquire points based on the following:

  • Your education level or qualification;
  • Your proficiency in French and/or English (Canada’s two official languages);
  • Your skills and work experience;
  • Your age;
  • If you have an employment offer in Canada; and
  • Your spouse’s education, language proficiencies and work experience.

Extra points are also given if you have completed a university and college program in Canada or if you have secured a provincial nomination.

How Does Express Entry Choose People for PR?

Once you create and submit a profile, your profile will be entered into a pool (group) of all the applicants who have currently applied under Express Entry.

You will then be ranked accordingly against other people in the pool. Your ranking is calculated based on the number of points you obtain.

If you are at the top of the rankings, your profile will be nominated or selected from the list of applications. You will then receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence as a skilled immigrant.

IRCC has an up-to-date notice about the number of ITAs being sent out and a minimum number of points you require to secure an ITA.

What Can Employers Do to Recruit Foreign Workers?

Employers are required to consider obtaining an LMIA or nomination under provincial nomination programs (PNPs) to effectively guarantee long term retention of employees.

What Candidates Are Expected To Do Next?

It is anticipated that the majority of candidates to be granted ITAs in 2019 will need a CRS to score well under 460 points, enabling a good number of candidates to receive Canadian permanent resident without a job offer or nomination under a provincial nominee immigration program. But, obtaining a valid job offer is highly recommended.