3350 candidates invited in May 1 Express Entry draw

In the latest Express Entry draw that took place on May 1, 2019, a total of 3350 candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required dropped slightly by one point to 450, compared to the previous draw held on April 17 when the minimum required score was 451

Tie-break rule was applied in the latest draw as in the previous draws, the time stamp given being November 5, 2018 at 12:27:07 UTC. It means all candidates with a CRS score of 450 and above were invited to apply in the May 1 Express Entry draw.

The latest draw is the ninth Express Entry draw of 2019. With 31250 ITAs already issued so far, it seems the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is right on the track of achieving this year's economic immigration targets. As higher admission targets have been set for the years till 2021, it is all likely that the minimum CRS score requirement would drop further.

As per the updated Immigration Levels Plan of Canada for 2019-2021, the country will admit 256,000 candidates through the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Class- the three economic immigration programs managed under the Express Entry during the plan period. Another 200000 candidates will be admitted through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The minimum CRS score requirement may reduce further as the IRCC holds larger or more frequent draws during these years.

Minimum CRS requirements in the Express Entry draws held this year:

Date Minimum CRS scoreNumber of ITAs issued
January 10, 20194493900
January 23, 20194433900
January 30, 20194383350
February 20, 20194573350
March 6, 20194543350
March 20, 20194523350
April 3, 20194513350
April 17, 20194513350
May 1, 20194503350

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