Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has welcomed 2,750 applicants in the Express Entry pool to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a draw that occurred on Nov. 15. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of the least positioned applicant who was issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) was 439.

All candidates with a score over 439 were welcome to apply. While a few candidates with a score of 439 got ITAs, IRCC said a tie-break strategy was important, which means just those applicants with a CRS score of 439 who entered their profiles in the Express Entry pool before a predetermined date and time were welcome to apply. For this situation, that time and date was October 19, 2017, at 12:02:28 UTC.

The present cut-off CRS score of 439 is 19 points lower than the draw that occurred a week ago, which had a cut-off score of 458.

It is intriguing to take note of that this most recent draw was the fourth in three weeks, which has just happened once before since Express Entry was presented. Canada declared new three-year immigration targets on November 1 and more successive draws could have the impact of expanding the quantity of ITAs issued and bringing down the CRS cut-off score as candidates with higher scores are expelled from the pool.

Under its recently announced Immigration Levels Plan, Canada wants to welcome about one million new lasting occupants in the vicinity of 2018 and 2020. Almost 250,000 of those newcomers to be admitted through programs oversaw under the Express Entry framework, specifically: the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The number admitted through these programs is set to expand year-on-year.

This most recent draw was the 78th draw to take place since the Express Entry framework was presented on Jan. 1, 2015, and the 28th since the begin of 2017. So far this year, 80,523 ITAs have been issued.

With fluctuating CRS thresholds, it is helpful to look at which sorts of candidates are receiving ITAs following the latest draw. The following examples below are entirely hypothetical.

Sadiya is 36, has a Master’s degree and recently wrote her IELTS and obtained a score of 8 in each category (reading, speaking, writing and listening). She has been working as a university professor for 4 years. Her CRS of 440 would have been sufficient to obtain and ITA during the most recent draw from the Express Entry pool.

Zahid is 32 has been working in Canada as a retail manager for 2 years. He studied commerce in Canada and obtained a bachelor’s degree. Jose has an intermediate English language proficiency. Before coming to Canada to study, Jose worked as a retail manager overseas for two years. His CRS score was 441.

Atiya is a 29 year old who has been working as a computer programmer for five years.  She has a bachelor’s degree and advanced English language proficiency. Atiya has never worked or studied in Canada. Her CRS of 441 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA during the most recent Express Entry draw.

The latest draw is said to be a positive sign. Increased frequency of draws from the Express Entry Pool and greater number of ITAs being issued may have an impact on the CRS score and it may lower the threshold further.

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