Minimum CRS Rises To 470 In New Canada Express Entry Draw
The rise of the minimum CRS score can be put down to two main factors:
1) Four-week gap since previous draw
All-program draws normally take place every two weeks. However, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) chose to target the May 15 draw at Federal Skilled Trades Program candidates only, with a minimum CRS of 332 points. This allowed the number of higher-scoring candidates to build up over a longer period, increasing the minimum CRS.
2) No provincial-specific draw alongside Federal Skilled Trades draw
In three of the four previous program-specific draws, IRCC has conducted draws for both Federal Skilled Trades and provincial nominee programs. However, there was no PNP draw accompanying the FSTP draw on May 15, allowing the number of candidates with 600 points for a provincial nomination in the Express Entry pool to build up, increasing the minimum CRS.
Canada has now issued 35,100 ITAs in 2019, against a high-skilled immigration target of 81,400.
IRCC broke the record for annual Express Entry ITAs in 2018 with 89,800.
The draw saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on May 23, 2019 at 6.18am EST. If more than one candidate had the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.
3,350 candidates who participated in Canada immigration’s Express Entry draw have been invited to apply for permanent residence.
The 3,350 candidates were issued with Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency with a Comprehensive Ranking Systems (CRS) score of 470.
Such draws are typically held every two weeks, and a minimum score needed to qualify is set for each draw. The score is based on such factors as the candidates age, education level, occupation, fluency in English or French, and family ties in Canada.
So far in 2019, a total of 35,100 ITAs have been issued. The government of Canada has set a target of 81,400 permanent residents for fiscal year 2019.
Candidates who are issued ITAs are given 60 days to submit a complete application permanent residency as the first step towards moving to or remaining in Canada as a permanent resident.
Candidates who apply for Express Entry remain the the selection pool for 12 months if they are not immediately invited to apply. The government says while in the selection pool, the candidate can continue to improve his or her score by among other things gaining more relevant work experience, improving education level, improving language score, or getting a job offer in Canada.
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The numbers in this table reflect the total number of people in the pool overall, a few days before an invitation round. The score distribution may change as people submit new profiles and other profiles expire.
The table numbers in italics are a detailed breakdown of the bold number immediately above.
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