A New Express Entry Draw in Eight Days with Lower CRS Score
On, August 20, 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 56,200. Since September 8, 2015, there has not been any express entry draw held on Tuesday.
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 previous draw held on August 12, 2019, the minimum cut-off was 466; however, in this draw, the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for today’s draw dropped down to 457.
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 a number of applications from higher-scoring candidates which ultimately leads to the raising of the cut-off score in the coming draws.
This is the Second Express Entry draw in eight days withdraw size of 3,600 invites. It is also not very often to have two consecutive draws within such short amount of time so it may attribute to the lower CRS minimum score in the draw held on August 20.
Moreover, the tie-break used in today’s draw by IRCC was March 24, 2019, at 15:32:42 UTC. It means that all those candidates who received at least CRS score of 457 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 Ontario, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island have invited large number Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. For instance, OINP’s Human Capital Priorities Stream draw held on August 19, 2019 solely issued 997 invitations to Express Entry candidates with lowest CRS scores of 439 and work experience in 10 occupations, among other requirements. Similarly, recent Saskatchewan’s draw held on August 15 issued invitations to 45 Express Entry candidates with scores as low as 78.
Prince Edward Island also released a draw on August 15 and issued 133 invitations to Express Entry candidates
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