In the Express Entry draw held on July 24th, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3600 candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The invited candidates had a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 459. This is the fourth consecutive draw where the CRS score is witnessing a decrease. In the previous draw held on July 10, the CRS cut-off score was 460 and this is for the first time the score is dropping below 460 since May this year.
The latest draw is also the second consecutive Express Entry draw where 3,600 candidates are being invited to apply. The number of ITAs issued in the 10 all-program draws held in the time-period between January 30 and June 26 was 3350 each. Compared to these draws, the latest draw has issued 250 more ITAs.
Tie-break rule was applied in the latest Express Entry draw with the time stamp of May 25, 2019 at 14:40:52 UTC. It means not all candidates who had a minimum CRS score of 459 were not considered in the draw, but only those who had submitted their profiles before the said date and time.
The July 24 draw is the 15th Express Entry draw of 2019 and 122nd since Canada launched the Express Entry system in 2015. As Canada has set higher immigration targets for the current year and the next two years, it is expected that the CRS cut-off score would come down in the future draws too. So far this year, IRCC has issued 49000 ITAs.
The candidates invited in the July 24 draw can apply for permanent residence in Canada within 60 days. IRCC aims to process Express Entry applications within six months.
Minimum CRS requirements in the Express Entry draws held this year:
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