In the latest round of Express Entry Draw held on May 1, 2019, Canada issued 3,350 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian Permanent Residence to candidates currently in the Express Entry pool.

Unlike the previous draw which saw no change in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off, the draw held on May 1, 2019, recorded a score drop of 1 point. The CRS score cut-off for the latest draw was 450; while the minimum score for the draw held on April 17, 2019, was 451.

This is for the fourth time since Feb 20, 2019, that CRS score cut-off has seen a decline, which indicates that the cut-off score will continue to drop in the forthcoming Express Entry draws. The drop in the minimum score reflects to be the result of frequent draws held by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Akin to the previous draws, the tie-break rule was applied for the Express Entry draw held on May 1, 2019. The tie-break was set for November 5, 2018, at 12:27:07 UTC, which means that candidates with a CRS score above 450, who had entered the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an ITA in this Express Entry Draw.

It is evident that 2019 is all set to surpass the record figure of 89,800 ITAs set by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in 2018. The total number of Invitations to Apply (ITA) issued to the Express Entry candidates in 2019 has reached 31,250. Around the same time in 2018, the total numbers of ITAs issued were 24,500 which are 6,750 less than the ITAs issued in the latest draw.

The Express Entry stream is an immigration option that selects skilled workers for immigration to Canada. 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 have to meet the eligibility criteria for these categories. 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. Meanwhile, the candidates with low CRS score who have not received the ITAs remain in the selection pool for 12 months.

They can further continue to improve their score by gaining relevant work experience, improving education level, language score, or getting a job offer in Canada.


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