On Wednesday, 6th March 2019, Canada hosted a new Express Entry draw, inviting 3,350 people to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada using a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System Score of 454 points. So far, a total of 17,850 invitations have been issued by Government of Canada from the 1st of January through the Express Entry System. By this time last year, the number of Invitations issued by Canada was 11,500, thus being exceeded by the current one by 6,350 invitations. The number of Invitations issued in 2018 was a record-setting 89,800 ITAs. It is however expected that there would be an improvement this year as the standard has been raised for the Express Entry linked Economic Immigration Classes. Applicants that have satisfied all the requirements for any of these three immigration classes are registered in the Express Entry pool and are awarded Comprehensive Ranking System scores with consideration to factors like adaptability to the country, age, education, language proficiency, and work experience. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada issue out invites the applicants with the highest scores to apply for Permanent Residence during a regular draw. During the previous invitation round which was held on the 20th of February, the minimum ranking score used was 457. The score was decreased by 3 in the Wednesday draw, thus making use of a minimum CRS score of 454. The minimum score for the 20th February draw was set at 457 because the time elapsed after the previous draw was three weeks, long enough to register enough applicants. This was not the case for the 6th March draw as it was held merely two weeks after the last one. The implication of this is that when there is a shorter time frame between draws, there will be a decrease in the CRS score. This is to ensure that despite the limited application time, many people will be qualified for Permanent Residence. The tie-break rule, with a time stamp of 17:21:27 UTC, was applied during this draw. In essence, every applicant who scored 454 points and above in their CRS score, and registered profiles in the Express Entry pool on or before the set date and time will be given an Invitation to Apply.
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