Canada held its latest Express Entry draw on June 26, 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 for this draw was 462, which has dropped by 3 points compared to the CRS score cut-off for the last draw held on June 12, 2019, which was 465.
It has been noted that this is the second draw in a row that has seen the cut-off score drop. Keeping in view factors like larger draw sizes and IRCC’s higher admissions targets for 2019 and 2020, the cut-off CRS score drop seems inevitable.
Speculations are rife that if IRCC keeps the pace of draws every two weeks and there are larger draw sizes in the second quarter of 2019, it is expected that the cut-off score will continue to fall. Also, the second quarters of both 2017 and 2018 saw draw sizes increase and the CRS cut-off drop.
Akin to the last draw, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied the tie-break rule for June 26, 2019, Express Entry draw as well. The cut-off date and time determined by IRCC was May 11, 2019, at 17:40:54 UTC.
The tie-break rule here means that the candidates with a CRS score of 462 and above, who entered the Express Entry pool before May 11, 2019, at 17:40:54 UTC were issued the ITA in this draw.
After the draw held on May 29, 2019, the CRS cut off dropped two times in a row in the draws held on June 12 and 26. Experts claim that the coming Express Entry draws will result in declining CRS points going below 450 as Immigration, Refugees Citizenship Canada is focusing towards admitting more economic immigrants through the Express Entry programs in 2019. Furthermore, a large number of Express Entry candidates are also benefitted from obtaining provincial nominations in the PNP streams.
Incorporating substantial changes in the Express Entry has resulted in growing numbers of international students and graduates in Canada with boosting additional CRS points making their profiles stronger.