3,350 Express Entry candidates invited to apply for Canadian PR on May 1
The Government of Canada invited 3,350 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian PR in a draw held May 1.
The cut-off score in today’s draw was 450, which is one point lower than the minimum score in the previous draw on April 17, which was 451.
This is the fourth time that the cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score has decreased since February 20.
The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class, which are three of Canada’s primary economic immigration categories and together take in the greatest share of economic class immigrants each year.
Eligible candidates for these categories are entered into the Express Entry pool and assigned a ranking score based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.
The highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply for Canadian PR through regular draws from the pool.
Today’s draw brings the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to Express Entry candidates in 2019 to 31,250.
This puts 2019 6,750 ITAs ahead of the number issued at this same point in 2018, a year that saw Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) establish a new Express Entry ITA record of 89,800 invitations issued in a single year.
The increasing number of invitations reflects the rising admissions targets for the three Express Entry-managed programs, which are set to increase annually between 2019 and 2021.
The following are hypothetical examples of candidates who would have obtained an ITA in the May 1 draw:
Nisha is 33 and holds a bachelor’s degree as well as a two-year diploma. She has been working for five years as a blood bank technician. She has never worked or studied in Canada. Nisha took the IELTS exam and obtained 8.5 in listening and 8 in all other categories. Her CRS score of 452 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA in the latest draw.
Ramu is 34, has a master’s degree and has been working as a teacher for five years. He wrote his IELTS and obtained a score of 8 in each category. He has never worked or studied in Canada. With his CRS of 451, Ramu would have obtained an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in the May 1 Express Entry draw.