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Home Immigration Express Entry Draw # 124 | CRS Cut-off Score decreases to 457— lowest since May 1

Express Entry Draw # 124 | CRS Cut-off Score decreases to 457— lowest since May 1

The 124th draw for Express Entry permanent residence candidates happened on August 20, 2019.

On August 20 Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada has resulted in 3,600 candidates being issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off threshold was 457.

In the previous draw, which occurred on August 12, the CRS score cut-off threshold was 466 points. With two draws happening within eight days of one another, we have seen the cut-off decrease significantly, dropping to its lowest point since May.

The tie-breaking rule was applied for the August 20 draw, meaning that not all candidates with 457 points will receive an ITA. As multiple candidates have 457 points, those who submitted their Express Entry profile to the pool before March 24, 2019 at 15:32:42 UTC will be prioritized.

The record low Express Entry cut-off threshold ever for an all-program draw is 413.

As with the previous draws, a tie-break rule was used. As a bunch of candidates have the same 457 score, only those who have created their profile before March 24, 2019 at 15:32:42 UTC will get an ITA.

When is the next draw?

Based on the data gathered since the beginning of Express Entry in 2015, there is a clear pattern on when the draws take place: on Wednesdays, every two weeks.

What’s an Invitation to Apply (ITA)?

An Invitation to Apply (ITA) is sent to the immigration aspirants in the Express Entry pool who are selected by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Each Express Entry draw has a cutoff minimum score: only those who are assigned a CRS score above or equal to the cutoff score will receive the Invitation to Apply. For those who have a CRS score equal to that of the cutoff score, candidates who have been the longest in the pool will receive the ITA.

An ITA is not to be confused with eligibility to the three federal programs of Express Entry, or with a job offer from an employer or with the Provincial Nomination Programs.

How to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA)?

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) ranks immigration in the Express Entry pool following some profile criteria:

  • Human capital factors such as age, level of education, language ability in French and English,
  • Spouse or common-law partner human capital factors, if applicable,
  • Skill transferability factors, such as foreign work experience and language ability, and
  • Additional factors, such as a provincial nomination, a valid job offer, studies in Canada, French language abilities, having a sibling as a permanent resident in Canada or Canadian citizen.

The maximum score in the Comprehensive Ranking System is of 1,200 points.