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Express Entry draw: CRS cut-off score drops to the lowest since May

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In the latest Express Entry draw held on August 20, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3600 candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The Invitations to Apply (ITAs) were issued to candidates with a minimum CRS score of 457.
The latest Express Entry draw is being held after a gap of just eight days since the previous draw was held on August 12. In this draw, the CRS cut-off score has come down significantly from 466 in the previous draw to 457, which is the lowest since May this year.
Tie-break rule was applied in August 20 draw, the time stamp given being March 24, 2019 at 15:32:42 UTC. It means those candidates with a minimum CRS score of 457 and submitted their Express Entry profiles before the said date and time, were prioritized in the draw.
The drop in CRS cut-off score by nine points in the latest Express Entry draw compared to the previous draw can be attributed to the shorter interval between the two draws. Normally, Express Entry draws happen in every two weeks. But the gap was only eight days between the latest two Express Entry draws.  It means lesser time for the Express Entry pool to replenish with eligible profiles.
Moreover, IRCC has been issuing 3600 ITAs in the past several draws. This number is comparatively larger when compared to most of the draws held in the first half of 2019. A larger number of ITAs is also a reason for the decrease in the CRS cut-off score. It is assumed that the larger number of ITAs issued in the recent Express Entry draws would help Canada break its 2018 record of issuing 89800 ITAs in a single year.
Minimum CRS requirements in the Express Entry draws held this year:

Date  Minimum CRS score Number of ITAs issued
January 10, 2019 449 3900
January 23, 2019 443 3900
January 30, 2019 438 3350
February 20, 2019 457 3350
March 6. 2019 454 3350
March 20, 2019 452 3350
April 3, 2019 451 3350
April 17, 2019 451 3350
May 1, 2019 450 3350
May 15, 2019(Program-specific) 332   500
May 29, 2019 470 3350
June 12, 2019 465 3350
June 26,  2019 462 3350
July 10, 2019 460 3600
July 24, 2019 459 3600
August 12, 2019 466 3600
August 20, 2019 457 3600

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