In a draw held on February 20, the Government of Canada issued 3,350 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to Express Entry candidates. With the latest draw, the total number of invitations issued by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) so far in 2019 has reached 14,500. This makes 2019 the year to have the biggest start ever since the Express Entry system came into existence in 2015.
The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score requirement for the February 20 draw was 457. This is 19 points higher compared to the minimum CRS requirement in the previous draw held on January 30. The hike in the CRS draw requirement can be attributed to the three-week gap between the latest and the previous draw. Compared to this, the time gap between the previous two draws held on January 30 and January 23 was only one week and presumably because of this the minimum CRS requirement for January 30 draw was 438.
As in the previous draws, the tie-break rule was applied in the February 20 draw as well, the time stamp used is December 6, 2018, at 12:38:11 UTC. It means all candidates who had submitted their profiles before the said date and time were invited to apply for permanent residence.
Canada is planning to admit more Express Entry candidates in the next few years. The updated Immigration Levels Plan of Canada for 2019-2021 says that a total of 256,000 new permanent residents will be admitted to Canada through the Express Entry program during the three-year plan period. Another 200,000 or so new permanent residents will be admitted through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The Express Entry candidates who receive provincial nomination will obtain 600 additional CRS score points that would guarantee an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada in the subsequent Express Entry draws.
Minimum CRS requirements in the Express Entry draws held this year:
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