Latest Express Entry Draw Update: Canadian Immigration Issued A Total Of 85,300 Invitations To Apply In 2019

As of December 19th, 2019, the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 3,200 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence (PR) to Express Entry candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 469 or higher to apply for permanent residence (PR), bringing up the total issued Invitations to Apply (ITA) in 2019 to 85,300. Compared to the 89,800 ITAs issued in 2018, this means for this year issued ITAs are 4,500 fewer than the previous year.

The minimum CRS score was reduced by 3 points compared from the previous draw held on December 11th, 2019, from 472 to 469. The latest draw also marks the 26th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2019 and 133rd since the program came into effect in 2015. The lower cut-off score in the most recent draw may be due to the fact that only eight days have passed between invitation rounds. It has been observed that when draws are held at shorter intervals, fewer new candidates with higher scores have time to enter the pool, which can have the effect of lowering the minimum required score. IRCC applied a tie-break time and date of November 14, 2019, at 08:41:33 UTC for this draw. This means that all candidates with a score of 469 who submitted their profile before this date and time received an invitation or ITA.

What Is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an immigration system implemented by Canadian immigration authorities (IRCC) on January 1, 2015, to process permanent residence applications. The system manages skilled worker applications under Federal Economic programs which includes (1) Federal Skilled Worker Class, (2) Federal Skilled Trades Class and (3) Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates are ranked in the pool based on a score awarded under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that considers factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French. CRS has a total score of 1,200 and the minimum CRS score is determined by factors including the number of candidates in the Express Entry pool, the time between draws and the number of ITAs issued. The minimum score identified by IRCC is used as a cut-off point in Express Entry draws. It is aimed to cast a candidate’s chance of being economically successful in Canada.

A set number of the highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool. These invitation rounds typically take place every two weeks and the vast majority involve candidates from all three Express Entry Federal Economic programs. A job offer is not required in order to be eligible for an Express Entry Invitation to Apply (ITA), though additional CRS points are awarded if a candidate has one.

Under Canada’s multi-year immigration levels plan, the target for new permanent resident admissions through the three Express Entry-managed immigration programs will rise to 85,800, up from 81,400 this year. The admissions target for Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program, or PNP, is also set to increase from 61,000 to 67,800 in 2020, a portion of which is managed by the Express Entry system. Express Entry candidates who obtain a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score and are effectively guaranteed an ITA.

9 Canadian provinces and 2 territories have what is known as “enhanced” PNP streams that are linked to the Express Entry system. These streams allow these provinces and territories to select Express Entry candidates and invite them to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence and may have lower or even no CRS score requirements.

For the latest updates with regards to Express Entry system, you may visit the Immigration Canada website:

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