New Express Entry draw issues 3,350 invitations to apply for Canadian PR

Canada Express Entry Draw
Canada Express Entry Draw

New Express Entry draw issues 3,350 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence

Minimum score stays at 451 in April 17 draw

Canada has invited 3,350 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a new draw held April 17.

The cut-off score in today’s draw was 451.

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

Eligible candidates for these categories are entered into the Express Entry pool and assigned a ranking score based on factors such as age, education, work experience and proficiency in English or French.

The highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.

Canada has now issued a total of 27,900 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Express Entry candidates in 2019.

In 2018 — a year that saw Canada set the current Express Entry ITA record of 89,800 — a total of 21,000 ITAs had been issued by April 17.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has higher admissions targets for its three Federal High Skilled classes in 2019 and 2020, so it is possible that the 2019 ITA total will surpass 2018’s record.

IRCC used its tie-break rule in the April 17, with the time and date set at 15:01:49 UTC on April 2, 2019. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 451, as well as those candidates with scores of 451 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

Express Entry candidates who want to improve their ranking in the pool may have a number of options for increasing their score, with the most valuable being a provincial nomination.

A provincial nomination results in an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System points, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

Express Entry-linked provincial nominee streams in British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are among those that have been active recently.

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