3,900 invitations issued in October 30 draw; CRS cut-off score rises to 475 … Canada Immigration

Canada surpasses 70,000 Express Entry invitations this year

The Government of Canada invited 3,900 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence in a new draw held October 30. 

Today’s draw brings the total number of invitations to apply (ITAs) to 71,700 issued so far this year through Canada’s Express Entry system.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in today’s draw was 475.

Express Entry manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled economic immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

Eligible candidates are ranked in the Express Entry pool based on a score awarded under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which provides points for factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

A Canadian job offer is not required in order to be eligible.

A set number of the highest-ranked candidates are issued an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the Express Entry pool, which typically take place every two weeks.

One reason for the high CRS cut-off in today’s draw was the fact a full 28 days passed between all-program draws. On October 16, the Government of Canada held a smaller, Federal Skilled Trades Class-specific draw rather than an all-program draw which involves the three Express Entry-managed programs.

A longer period between all-program draws usually results in a higher minimum CRS score because additional, higher-scoring candidates have time to enter a profile in the Express Entry pool.

The cut-off score of 475 was an increase of 11 points over the previous all-program draw on October 2.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied a tie break of August 29, 2019, at 03:50:24 UTC. This means that all candidates with CRS scores above 475, as well as those with scores of 475 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an ITA.

The year-to-date total of 71,700 ITAs puts the Government of Canada  2,500 behind last year’s pace, which produced a record 89,800 ITAs.

Canada has higher admissions targets for the three Federal High Skilled economic immigration programs for 2019 and 2020, which means it could still surpass this record by the end of the year.


Results: Rounds of invitations

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – October 30, 2019

Number of invitations issued: 3,900

Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,900th or above

Date and time of round: October 30, 2019 at 12:50:09 UTC

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 475

Tie-breaking rule: August 29, 2019 at 03:50:24 UTC

  • If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of October 25, 2019

CRS score rangeNumber of candidates

Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/express-entry/submit-profile/rounds-invitations.html