A New Express Entry Draw with Higher CRS Score
On September 4, 2019, the Federal government of Canada issued 3,600 invitations to Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence. After the draw, the total number of ITAs issued so far this year has reached 59,800.
Federal express entry program is one of the most popular immigration programs to manage the applications of skilled workers of different nationalities. It has three sub-categories which include Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class. It is a point-based immigration system which evaluates profiles on credentials like age, education, work experience and language proficiency. Moreover, the job offer is not mandatory for an applicant to become eligible for the Express entry system.
In the last draw held on August 20, 2019, the minimum cut-off was 457; however, in this draw, the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for today’s draw increased to 463.
Generally, draws occur every two weeks. The increase or decrease of a minimum cut-off depends on the time gap between two consecutive draws. On increasing the time-gap between the draws, the Express Entry pool receives more number of applications from higher-scoring candidates which ultimately leads to the higher cut-off score in the coming draws.
The last draw on August 20 took place only in eight days which attributed to the lower CRS minimum score from 466 to 457. However, today’s draw comes after 15 days, which lead to an increase of six points.
Moreover, the tie-break used in today’s draw by IRCC was August 23, 2019, at 13:33:34 UTC. It means that all those candidates who received at least CRS score of 463 and entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this mentioned date and time are eligible to receive an ITA through the draw.
This larger draw size reflects the higher admissions targets for both 2019 and 2020. So this is the right time to apply for PR through the Express entry system. If you want to consider your profile for Express Entry pool, you need to first check your eligibility. On being eligible, create your profile for Express Entry pool.
Based on factors like age, work experience, education, proficiency in English or French, connections in Canada and more, your profile gets CRS score. In case you don’t get sufficient score for EE draw, then you can apply to express entry-linked Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Nominated candidates are awarded with an additional 600 points in their EE score and move them to the front of the line for an ITA.
In the recent weeks, Express Entry-linked PNPs of Alberta, Nova Scotia and British Columbia have invited large number Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. For instance, Alberta’s Express Entry Draw held on August 15, 2019 solely issued 121 invitations to Express Entry candidates. Around 170 draws have taken place so far in 2019, ten times more than the 17 Express Entry invitation rounds held this year.
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