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CRS score drops further to 452 in May 1 Express Entry draw

Express Entry draw 146

In the 146th Express Entry draw held on May 1, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3311 Canadian Experience Class(CEC) candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The CRS cut-off score for the draw was 452, the lowest CRS requirement so far this year. This is three points lower than the CRS requirement for the previous CEC-specific Express Entry draw held on April 16.
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In another Express Entry draw held earlier this week, IRCC invited 589 provincial nominees to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The minimum CRS score required was 692.
With the latest draw, the total number of ITAs issued through Express Entry draws so far this year has hit 34,300. Tie-break rule was applied in the latest draw, the time-stamp given being October 10, 2019 at 19:15:28 UTC. It means the draw prioritized those CEC candidates who had submitted their Express Entry profiles before the said date and time and had the minimum CRS score of 452.
Canada has been conducting program-specific Express Entry draws ever since the country imposed travel restrictions as part of the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. The eight Express Entry draws held since then, targeted provincial nominees and CEC candidates. The major reason for the change is that candidates belonging to both these categories would most probably be in Canada and hence the travel restrictions would not affect them.
Before March 18, most of the Express Entry draws were all-program draws. The last all-program draw was held on March 4, 2020, which invited 3900 candidates with a minimum score of 471. It is not known how long IRCC would continue with the current system.
However, it is indeed relieving for immigration aspirants to know that despite the COVID-19 crisis, Canada continues to issue Express Entry invitations and process applications for permanent residence. Canada has also announced certain relaxations with regard to the submission of applications. An application will not be refused because it is incomplete. The candidate can submit the application even if they do not have all the required documents, along with an explanation letter stating as to why they could not submit the missing documents. They need to submit the complete application only within 90 days. Besides, those who need to submit the biometric details have 90 days to fulfill the requirement.

Express Entry draws held so far in 2020

Draw Number Date Number of ITAs issued Minimum CRS score
146 May 1 3311 452(CEC-specific draw)
145 April 29 589 692(PNP-specific draw)
144 April 16 3782 455 (CEC-specific draw)
143 April 15 118 808(PNP-specific draw)
142 April 9 3,294 464(CEC-specific draw)
141 April 9 606 698(PNP-specific draw)
140 March 23 3232 467 (CEC-specific draw)
139 March 18   668 720(PNP-specific draw)
138 March 4 3900 471
137 February 19 4500 470
136 February 5 3500 472
135 January 22 3400 471
134 January 8 3400 473

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