3,600 invitations were issued to candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the new Express Entry draw. The draw that took place Monday, August, 12 saw candidates with scores of 466 and above-issued invitations.
The cut-off score points of 466 in today’s draw is seven (7) points higher than the minimum score of 459 in the previous round of invitation on July 24.
The Express Entry system is Canada’s major tool for recruiting foreign skilled workers. Candidates in the Express Entry pool are assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on their age, educational qualification, work experience, adaptability and English or French skills, among other factors.
A predetermined number of the highest-ranked applicants are issued ITA’s for Canadian permanent residence via regular Express Entry draws from the pool.
In order to qualify for the EE pool, candidates must first meet the qualifying criteria for one of Canada’s three immigration program categories —the Federal Skilled Trades Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class, and Canadian Experience Class.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizen Canada (IRCC) applied a tie break in the August 12 draw of August 6, 2019, at 12:14:53 UTC.
This means that all applicants with a CRS score above 466, as well as those with scores of 466 who filed in their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an Invitation To Apply.
The 3,600 ITAs given out in today’s draw will bring the total number issued in 2019 to 52,600.
This stats show continued IRCC’s trend of issuing 3,600 ITAs that has now defined each of the three draws that took place since July 10.
This is a surge of 250 over the 3,350 ITAs granted in each of the 10 all-program Express Entry draws held between January 30 and June 26, 2019.
These enlarged draw sizes could help IRCC surpass its single-year ITA record of 89,800 invitations that was determined last year.
The higher CRS minimum score in today’s draw may be in part imputable to the three weeks that passed between draws from the Express Entry pool.
Draws are commonly held fortnightly and an extended period between draws allows the Express Entry pool more time to reload with higher-scoring candidates.
A higher number of invitations this year may be warranted given Canada lengthen admissions targets for 2019 and 2020 through the three Express Entry- controlled programs and it’s Provincial Nominee Program, which is also to an extent run by Express Entry system.
Applicants with lower CRS scores than today’s cut-off who are thinking of improving their ranking in the EE pool may wish to reconsider their options for a provincial nomination.
Some Canadian provinces have immigration programs that are linked to the Express Entry system. Express Entry applicants who receive a provincial nomination are granted an extra 600 CRS points and move to the front of the line for an Invitation To Apply.
Express Entry-linked selected categories in Alberta, Ontario, and Saskatchewan have been active in recent weeks, with Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream alone granted 1,773 ITA’s to Express Entry applicants with work experience in six tech occupations and CRS scores as low as 435, among other requirements.
In Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program gave out 104 invitations via its Express Entry sub-category to people with work experience in one of Nineteen (19) in-demand occupations in the province, among other criteria.
Alberta has nominated Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as Three hundred (300) through the Alberta Express Entry categories on four occasions in 2019. Three draws had a minimum CRS score of 301 and one other had cut-off score points of 302.
The most recent Alberta draw that took place on July 24 invited 202 Express Entry applicants with scores as low as 303.