Minimum CRS score drops to 457 in rare Tuesday Express Entry draw on August 20
3,600 Express Entry Candidates received invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence
The August 20 Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada has resulted in 3,600 Invitation to Apply (ITA) being issued to candidates with ranking scores of 457 and above.
With two Express Entry draws taking place within eight days of one another, the cut-off score decreases significantly, dropping to its lowest point since May. This rare Tuesday draw also marks the first time since September 8, 2015 that Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducts an Express Entry draw on a Tuesday.
The Express Entry system is Canada’s main source of skilled foreign workers and manages the applications under three Federal High Skilled economic-class immigration categories —the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.
Eligible candidates enter the Express Entry pool, where they are issued a CRS score based on their age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French, among other factors. The highest-ranked candidates are then invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence during regular draws from the pool.
IRCC applied a tie break rule in the August 20 draw; and the time stamp used was March 24, 2019, at 15:32:42 UTC. This means that all candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 457 and above, who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time received an ITA.
August 20 invitation round also brings the total number of invitations issued by IRCC to Express Entry candidates in 2019 so far to 56,200.