Canada held its 119th Express Entry draw on June 12, 2019, issuing 3,350 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian Permanent Residence to the candidates in the Express Entry pool.
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off threshold for this draw was 465, which has got dwindled by 5 points compared to the last all-programs Express Entry invitation round held on May 29, 2019, where the CRS score threshold was 470.
The last Express Entry draw held on 15th May was specifically for candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades program, with only 500 Invitations to Apply issued to candidates under a specific category. Considering the fact that the previous draw was not an all-program Express Entry draw, the rise in Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) score in the latest draw is not surprising.
The common pattern followed in the Express Entry system is organizing all-programs draws, typically every two weeks. Whenever there is more than two weeks gap in between the draws, the cut-off score tends to rise as the Express Entry pool gets more time to fill candidates with higher score.
The immigration categories managed by Express Entry system includes the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class. In order to qualify to enter the Express Entry pool, the candidates must meet the eligibility criteria for these categories.
In the draw held on May 15, 2019, only 500 invitations were issued to candidates specifically under one of these categories – Federal Skilled Trade. However, with the latest draw held on May 29, Canada has returned to a large number of invitations across all immigration categories; and 3,350 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) have been issued to the Express Entry candidates.
Akin the last draw, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied the tie-break rule for the June 12 Express Entry draw as well. The cut-off date and time determined by IRCC was June 6, 2019, at 13:51:59 UTC.
The tie-break rule here means that the candidates with a CRS score of 470 and above, who entered the Express Entry pool before June 6, 2019, at 13:51:59 UTC were issued the ITA in this draw.
The candidates are issued a ranking score determined on factors like their age, work experience and proficiency in English or French. The highest-scoring candidates are then invited by IRCC to apply for Canadian permanent residence via Express Entry draws.
The year 2019 has recorded 35,100 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued by IRCC so far to the candidates who submitted the application for PR through Express Entry framework.