CRS Point Score Decreases To 440 For Latest Express Entry Draws

The Express Entry Draw held on Monday had invited overseas applicants by issuing 3,900 invitations to apply for the Permanent Residency by the government of Canada. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score determined for this draw was the lowest of all the draws in this year i.e. 440.

The minimum score determined for today's date is less than the previous draw CRS score which was 445 CRS on October 3. The previous Express Entry Draw also invited same number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has employed its tie-break rule for this draw and the date and time used was September 18, 2018, at 11:06:29 UTC. This means that all the candidates above CRS score 440 and the candidates who submitted the profile before specified date with a score equal to 440, have received the ITA in the draws.

The draw organized after two five weeks that is after October 3 helped the minimum score to eventually drop to the lowest 440 points (deduction of five points).

The decrease in the minimum limit score are consequences of the continuous draws held within every two weeks for Express Entry candidates. The time between today’s draw invitation round and October 3 draw is 12 days.

The less time taken between the draws is favorable for the Express Entry as it will help in refilling which will resultantly push the score down.

The Express Entry system is responsible for regulating and managing the candidate’s Express Entry profile. Under Express Entry, there are three main federal economic immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

Express Entry candidates who receive the provincial nomination will be granted extra 600 points towards their score Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score which will help them to fastrack the application process of Permanent Residency.

The invitation to Apply (ITAs) are issued to the candidates who got higher rank in the regular invitation draws.

The total number of invitations issued in the year 2017 were 86,023 and till this time of the same year is 72,221 ITAs. In 2018, a whole of 70,300 ITAs were issued till this date and about 22 draws were organized.

The government of Canada Multi-Year Immigration Levels Plan has targeted admission of 74,900 candidates in 2018 and 81,400 for 2019 through the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal said “A reduction in the CRS minimum of five points between draws is a good reminder of what can happen when IRCC holds large draws in quick order”. He also mentioned “We’re still slightly behind 2017’s record-breaking ITA total, but large draws like ones we’ve been seeing recently could help us meet and maybe even exceed it.”

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