Canada’s Express Entry cut-off scores continue to drop, as a Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) of only 440 was needed to secure an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the latest draw which held on 28th May 2020.
In this Draw, the Express Entry round issued 3,515 invitations to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of a minimum of 440 or higher.
The Express Entry draw cut-offs continue to drop as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invites a larger number of Canadian Experience Class (CEC), specific candidates. In this draw, it was the largest CEC-specific Express Entry draw since May 1st, and the 2nd largest since Canada introduced special coronavirus measures in the middle of March.
The May 28 draw continued a trend that has seen the cut-off CRS score decrease in each of the last 6 CEC draws held since the last all-program draw on 4th March 2020. This trend may be explained in part by the relatively regular interval and frequency between draws that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) which has maintained during the last 2 months.
The time between draws is an important factor that can have an effect on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score. The shorter intervals between draws which mean lesser candidates have time to enter a profile in the Express Entry pool.
The cut-off score of 440 is a decrease of 7 points from the previous Canadian Experience Class (CEC) draw on May 15. In that draw had a minimum score of 447 and was previously the lowest point’s cut-off for the program since January 2019. Today’s Canadian Experience Class (CEC) draw was the second invitation round in 24 hours to issue Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. The draw which was held on May 27 issued 385 invitations to Express Entry candidates nominated through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for these candidates was 757.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates in the Express Entry pool are awarded an additional 600 points on top of their original human capital score which is based on age, Education work experience, and language ability in English or French. This is why the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement is usually much higher for draws such as the one that took place in yesterday’s draw.
Canada’s Express Entry system manages the profiles of immigration candidates for 3 of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs i.e.
The candidates are ranked which is based on a score will be awarded under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that considers factors such as age, education, and skilled work experience and language ability in English or French. The set number of the highest-ranked candidates receives an Invitation to Apply (ITA) through regular draws from the pool. Then Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) basically aim to process the applications for Canada permanent residence within 6 months.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied its tie-break rule in this draw and the date and time used were 7th March 2020 at 10:36: 59 UTC. This means that all Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 440 who submitted their profile before this date and time will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this invitation round. Overall, in today’s draw brings the total ITAs issued in 2020 to 42,100.
Canada’s immigration policies and procedures have undergone major changes since 18th March 2020 due to COVID-19, the Express Entry system has remained operational and candidates can still submit a profile. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has held a total of 12 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws over the past 2 months.
Both CEC and PNP categories of applicants are more likely to already be in Canada than those arriving through other Express entry-linked programs. In this program, they will not be impacted by the current travel restrictions due to COVID-19.
Here is a hypothetical scenario of someone who may have been invited in the latest draw which held on 28th May 2020.
Ram is 31 and married to Priya. Priya and Ram both hold a bachelor’s degree obtained outside of Canada, and Priya is pursuing her second bachelor’s degree in Canada. Ram has been working in Canada for just over a year in IT as a business analyst. Prior to coming to Canada, Ram had 3 years of experience as a business analyst. Both of them each wrote the IELTS and scored a 7 in each category. Priya entered the Express Entry pool with Ram as the principal applicant. Their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 442 would have been high enough to obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA) during the latest 28th May 2020 Express Entry draw.