Express Entry

Express Entry Draw Invites Candidates with CRS Scores of 431

Express EntryExpress Entry draw issued invitations to apply for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates for permanent residence with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as low as 431.

Express Entry draw has resulted in invitations for 3,508 immigration candidates and their families to apply for a Canadian permanent residence. Canada has now issued overall 30,000 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to Express Entry candidates despite mid-March coronavirus border restrictions.

In this latest draw, it follows the 392 ITAs issued to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates, bringing the total of ITAs issued over the past two days to 3,900.

Canada’s Express Entry system manages the profiles of candidates for 3 of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs i.e.

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Class
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Class
  3. Canadian Experience Class 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have been targeting Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates over the past 3 months because they are most likely to already be in Canada and are less likely to be affected by the current restrictions in place due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

In today’s draw, it saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on April 3, 2020, at 12:56:32 UTC. This means that all the immigration candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 431 and above who submitted their profile before this date and time received an Invitation to Apply in this invitation round.

In this latest draw, the cut-off score of 431 was 6 points lower than the cut-off score in the last CEC Express Entry draw which was 437.

There has been a significant downward trend in Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-offs since the start of the Corona Virus and they have declined in every single Canadian Experience Class (CEC) draw in recent months which seems like there is a potential for scores to continue to drop.

All eligible Express Entry candidates are given a score under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that is based on the human original factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

As opposed to all-program invitation rounds, which draw from the entire Express Entry pool and tend to result in higher cut-off scores, niche draws for a specific cohort like Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates can produce lower cut-off scores given they target a smaller pool of candidates.

Even though Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has not yet provided the information as to when the next Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) draw would happen.

The Canadian immigration candidates are encouraged to continue to submit their profiles to the Express Entry pool. This not only ensures that they will be in the system if a Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) draw is held but also that they will be visible to Canada’s provinces and territories when they issue Express Entry-linked provincial nominations.

The immigration candidates who obtain a nomination from a Canadian province or territory will receive an additional 600 points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score which is effectively increasing their chances of being included in a regular Express Entry draw. So far this year Canada has issued a total number of 49,900 Invitation to Apply (ITA).

This was the 19th round of invitations under Express Entry draw in 2020 and the 154th overall.

Canada’s higher admission targets for its 3 federal skilled immigration programs in 2020 and 2021, it is expected that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will hold more frequent and larger draws in the upcoming weeks and months.

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