3350 candidates invited in March 6 Express Entry draw

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 3,350 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in Canada in the latest Express Entry draw held on March 6. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for candidates was 454, slightly lower than the minimum CRS requirement of 457 in the previous draw held on February 20.

The March 6 draw is the fifth Express Entry draw of the year 2019. With this draw, the total number of invitations issued by IRCC in the current year has reached 17850.It shows an increase of 6350 ITAs compared to the 11,500 ITAs issued during the same time period last year.

IRCC applied tie-break rule in the March 6 draw as well, the time stamp used being February 11, 2019, at 17:21:27 UTC. It means all candidates who scored 454 CRS points or above and who had submitted their profiles before the said date and time, received Invitations to Apply.

Canada's updated Immigration Levels Plan for 2019-2021 aims to increase the number of immigration applications accepted through the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Class to 256,000 over the next three years. Canada will welcome yet another 200,000 or so new permanent residents to the country through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) before the end of 2021.

Canada is taking all efforts to meet the immigration targets for the current year. Likewise, for meeting the targets as per the updated Immigration Levels Plan, it is expected that Canada will issue more invitations over the coming weeks, months, and years, benefiting Canada immigration aspirants all over the world.

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

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