Canada invites 3350 candidates in the latest Express Entry draw
A total of 3350 candidate were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the 113th Express Entry draw held on March 20. The Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS)cut-off threshold for the latest draw was 452 points. Compared to the previous draw held on March 7, the CRS requirement witnessed a slight drop, from 454 to 452.
As in the previous Express Entry draws, tie-break rule was applied in the March 20 draw too, the time stamp given being February 7, 2019 at 09:59:25 UTC. It implies that all candidates with a CRS score of 452 and above, who submitted their Express Entry profiles before the said date and time, have been invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the draw.
With the latest draw, which is the sixth draw of 2019, the total number of invitations issued by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) so far this year has reached 21,200.
As per the updated Immigration Levels Plan for 2019-2021, Canada is planning to accept around 256,000 new immigrants through the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Class-- the three economic immigration pathways managed by the Express Entry, during the plan period. Yet another 200,000 or so new permanent residents will come to Canada through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) before the end of 2021.
Canada is taking all efforts to meet the immigration targets for the current year. As part of its attempt to meet the immigration targets under the Immigration Levels Plan, Canada will issue more invitations to eligible immigration aspirants from all over the world in the next three years. Experts also assume that the CRS requirement will be retained at the current level or lowered in the upcoming Express Entry draws for the purpose.
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|
|January 30, 2019||438||3350|
|February 20, 2019||457||3350|
|March 6. 2019||454||3350|
|March 20, 2019||452||3350|