3900 ITAs issued in December 19 Express Entry draw

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) invited 3900 candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the latest Express Entry held on December 19. With this draw, IRCC has set a new record in the number of ITAs issued through Express Entry in a single year. The total number of ITAs issued in 2018 is 89,800, compared 86,023 invitations issued in 2017.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement in the draw, 439, is the lowest of this year. It is for the first time CRS score requirement is dropping below 440 in 2018. Usually, Express Entry draws take place in every two weeks. But this time, the time gap between two of the latest consecutive Express Entry draws was only one week. As the time gap was shorter, the number of profiles submitted to the Express Entry pool must also be fewer. This is the reason for lower CRS score requirements.

As in the previous draws, tie-break rule was applied in December 19 draw as well. The date and time for tie-break was February 6, 2018, at 19:31:37 UTC. It means all candidates with a CRS score of 439 and above, who submitted their Express Entry profiles before the said date and time, were issued invitations to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the latest draw.

In 2019, Canada is planning to admit 81,400 new permanent residents through the Federal High Skilled immigration category, against 2018 target of 74900. Majority of these Federal High Skilled immigration category applications will be processed through the Express Entry system.

Minimum CRS requirements in the Express Entry draws held this year:
Date of drawMinimum CRS score
December 19, 2018439
December 12, 2018445
November 28, 2018445
November 15, 2018449
October 29, 2018442
October 15, 2018440
October 3, 2018445
September 24, 2018(program-specific)284
September 19, 2018441
September 5, 2018440
August 22, 2018440
August 8, 2018440
July 25, 2018441
July 11, 2018442
June 25, 2018 442
June 13, 2018451
May 23, 2018440
May 9, 2018441
April 25, 2018441
April 11, 2018444
March 26, 2018446
March 14, 2018456
February 21, 2018442
February 7, 2018442
January 24, 2018444
January 10, 2018446
Express Entry is a simpler, faster Canada immigration pathway offering eligible candidates an opportunity to build a new life in Canada. If you are interested in Canada immigration, contact us for a free assessment to check your eligibility for Express Entry.

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