Canada invites 3350 candidates in latest Express Entry draw
In the seventh Express Entry draw of 2019 held on April 3, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3350 candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off threshold for the draw was 451 points, one point lower than the requirement for the previous Express Entry draw held on March 20, when the CRS cut-off threshold was 452.
Tie-break rule was applied in the latest draw as in the previous Express Entry draws, the time stamp given being January 9, 2019 at 07:35:09 UTC. It means all candidates who had submitted their Express Entry profiles before the said date and time were invited to apply.
With the latest draw, the total number of invitations issued by the IRCC so far this year has reached 24,550. Compared to the same time period last year, Canada has issued 7,050 more invitations in 2019. This is also the fifth consecutive Express Entry draw where IRCC is issuing 3350 invitations.
As per the updated Immigrations Levels Plan of Canada for 2019-2021, the country is planning to welcome 81400 new immigrants through the three economic immigration programs--Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Class-- managed under the Express Entry, in 2019. So it is expected that the draw sizes may increase in the coming months. The target for Provincial Nominee Programs for the year is 61000.
Minimum CRS requirements in the Express Entry draws held this year:
|Date||Minimum CRS score||Number of ITAs issued|
|January 10, 2019||449||3900|
|January 23, 2019||443||3900|
|February 20, 2019||457||3350|
|March 6. 2019||454||3350|
|March 20, 2019||452||3350|
|April 3, 2019||451||3350|
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