On 1st May, the Government of Canada invited 3,350 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
The cut-off score in this draw was 450, which is one point lower than the minimum score in the previous draw on April 17.
This is the fourth time that the cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score has decreased since February 20. The tie-break used by IRCC in the May 1 draw was November 5, 2018, at 12:27:07 UTC. This means that all those candidates received an ITA who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, and had a CRS score of 450 and above.
The Express Entry system manages three of Canada’s primary economic immigration categories, i.e. Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class. These categories together take in the greatest share of economic class immigrants each year.
Eligible candidates for these categories are entered into the Express Entry pool and assigned a ranking score based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.
The candidates with the highest score are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.
After this recent draw, the total number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to Express Entry candidates in 2019 reaches 31,250.
It is more likely that the minimum CRS score could reduce further if IRCC holds larger or more frequent draws in the coming months.
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