Minimum CRS Score Drops To 451 In New Express Entry Draw

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score edged down by a point to 451 as Canada immigration authorities conducted a new Express Entry draw.

Invitations to Apply were issued to 3,350 candidates in the draw, which took place on April 3, 2019.

The draw saw a tie-breaking rule cut-off of January 9, 2019 at just before 3.35am 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.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has now issued ITAs to 24,550 candidates in 2019, against a high-skilled immigration intake target of 81,400.

Canada’s immigration ministry broke the record for annual Express Entry ITAs in 2018 with 89,800.

This was the seventh round of invitations under Express Entry in 2019 and 114th overall.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an immigration system implemented by Canadian immigration authorities (IRCC) on January 1, 2015 which manages skilled worker applications under Federal Economic programs. This includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program the Canada Experience Class and parts of the Provincial Nomination Programs.

Stakeholders expect to see near 30 draws and more than 80,000 invitations issued in 2019, with a majority of draws featuring CRS scores below 460 to enable Canadian immigration authorities to meet targeted annual immigration levels for 2019.


Published: 3 April 2019

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