On the 20th of March, the Canadian government held a draw for Express Entry applicants and issued 3,350 invitations to apply for Permanent Residence in the country.
The minimum accepted Comprehensive Ranking Score used for the draw was 452 points, which is two points less than the minimum ranking score for the previous draw which was held on the 16 of March.
For 2019, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada can boast of issuing about 21,200 Invitations to apply under the Express Entry System.
By this time last year, the number of ITAs issued by the IRCC was 14,500, a figure less than the current one by 6,700.
The IRCC is actually expected to set a higher record this year, considering Canada’s immigrant admission targets for 2019 and 2020 through the country’s High Skilled Immigration Classes.
Applicants that are qualified in these classes are registered in the Express Entry pool and are scored based on their ages, level of education, language proficiency, and work experience.
The applicants with the highest scores are then invited by the IRCC to apply for Permanent Residence through regular draws.
The draws’ tie break was fixed to be on the 7th of February 2019, by 9:59:25 UTC, thus the applicants whose scores were 452 and above and who submitted a profile before the selected time on the 7th of February was invited to apply in this round of invitation.
Minimum CRS Score
During the last two draws, the minimum CRS score used has been reduced. This action is traceable to the fact that the time interval between the two draws and the ones preceding them was just 2 weeks.
When a short time is allowed between draws, the minimum CRS is usually dropped to allow more people who managed to complete their application process within the given time to be invited.
Again, the draw size affects the minimum CRS score in that, if the targeted number of people to be invited is large, IRCC will bring down its minimum CRS score to accommodate more applicants.
In the second quarter of the years 2017 and 2018, there was an increase in the draw sizes and a significant decrease in the minimum CRS score.
In the words of David Cohen, “the cut-off score has now dropped in two consecutive draws, and that is a welcome development.” He added that if it becomes a norm for the IRCC to hold large draws within an interval of two weeks in the second quarter of this year, there might be a continual drop in the minimum CRS score.
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