New Canada Express Entry Draw Sees CRS Rise to 470

New Canada Express Entry Draw Sees CRS Rise to 470
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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has conducted a first all-program Express Entry draw in four weeks, issuing 3,350 Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score rose to 470 points in the May 29 draw, up from 450 in the previous all-program draw.

The rise of the minimum CRS score can be put down to two main factors:

1) Four-week gap since previous draw

All-program draws normally take place every two weeks. However, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) chose to target the May 15 draw at Federal Skilled Trades Program candidates only, with a minimum CRS of 332 points. This allowed the number of higher-scoring candidates to build up over a longer period, increasing the minimum CRS.

2) No provincial-specific draw alongside Federal Skilled Trades draw

In three of the four previous program-specific draws, IRCC has conducted draws for both Federal Skilled Trades and provincial nominee programs. However, there was no PNP draw accompanying the FSTP draw on May 15, allowing the number of candidates with 600 points for a provincial nomination in the Express Entry pool to build up, increasing the minimum CRS.

Canada has now issued 35,100 ITAs in 2019, against a high-skilled immigration target of 81,400.

IRCC broke the record for annual Express Entry ITAs in 2018 with 89,800.

The draw saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on May 23, 2019 at 6.18am EST. If more than one candidate had the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

This was the 11th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2019 and 118th overall.

ITAs Issued After 11 Draws Minimum CRS Scores So Far In 2019 ITAs Issued Per Draw In 2019

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Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.