Express Entry Draw # 120 | CRS Cut-off Score decreases to 462

3,350 Express Entry candidates invited to apply in June 26 draw.

The 120th draw for Express Entry permanent residence candidates happened on June 26, 2019. It has resulted in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points requirement for receiving an invitation to apply (ITA) to decrease as compared to the previous all-program draw on June 12, 2019.

The CRS score of the lowest-ranked invited candidate was 462, with 3,350 ITAs issued in total.

As a bunch of candidates have the same 462 score, a tie-break rule is used: only candidates having their profile in the system since May 11, 2019 at 17:40:54 UTC will get an ITA.

When is the next draw?

However, 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.

But as said before, it is only a pattern, and there have been deviations from it: some draws took place on Mondays or Tuesdays, and sometimes wait time between two draws is one or three weeks, instead of the usual two.

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). ITAs are issued on a priority basis when a draw is conducted from the Express Entry pool, meaning that only those with the highest CRS score will receive an ITA.

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, but it’s impossible and there’s no need to get a CRS score of 1,200 points.

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