On Wednesday, history was made as Canada issued out invitations to apply for PR to Express Entry candidates who scored as less as 439 points in their Comprehensive Ranking Score. This is the lowest minimum ranking score that has been used since the beginning of the year.
During the last draw, which took place on Wednesday, 19th of December, 3900 candidates received invitations to apply for PR and the minimum comprehensive ranking score used was 439, making it the first time it has dropped lower than 440.
Express Entry draws are usually held within a time interval of two weeks each. However, the Canadian government has managed to maintain a large draw size and has held draws at an interval of one week from the pool of Express Entry.
Reducing the time frame between draws means reducing the number of candidates that will submit their profiles for application in the pool of Express Entry. When this factor is considered in line with the fact that a significant draw size will be used, it would be best to consider bringing down the minimum ranking score.
The Tie-Break Rule
The tie-break rule was applied in this draw by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Here, all the candidates who submitted their profiles in the Express Entry stream on or before 19:31:37 UTC on February 6th, 2018, and who have a comprehensive ranking score of 439 and above would definitely be given an Invitation to apply in this draw.
With an additional 3900 invites issued yesterday, the total number of Invitations that have been sent out by the Express Entry pool in 2018 has reached 89,800, thereby surpassing that of last year which was 86,023 ITAs.
This database reflects the national immigration target for 2019 under the Category of Federal High Skilled Immigration, which is set to hit 81,400 in 2019. The target for 2018 was set at 74,900, 6,500 Invitations less than that of 2019.
Most candidates who have been admitted into the country under the Federal High Skilled Class use the Express Entry system to process their applications for Permanent Residence.
Maxime, a 30-year-old bachelor degree holder, has worked for four years as an event planner. His brother is a 23, but he himself has never worked in the country. He did the IELTS test and obtained a CRS of 439 which is enough to get him an Invitation to apply for PR in yesterday’s draw.
Basel is a 29-year-old bachelor’s degree holder who has never studied or worked in Canada. For three years Basel has worked as an analyst, and a CRS score of 440 was just what he needed to get an invitation to apply.
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