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Minimum CRS score drops by 3 points in latest Express Entry draw

Minimum CRS score drop 3 points

In the Express Entry draw held on December 19, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3200 candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score for the invited candidates was 469, three points lower compared to the previous Express Entry draw held on December 11.
A lower CRS cut-off score is attributed a shorter interval between these two draws. While Express Entry draws usually take place in a gap of two years, only eight days lapsed between the latest draw and the previous one. Shorter interval means lesser time for the Express Entry pool to be replenished with profiles of eligible candidates, hence low CRS cut-off score.
Tie-break rule was applied for the latest Express Entry draw as well, the time stamp given being November 14, 2019 at 08:41:33 UTC. It means ITAs were issued to only those candidates with a minimum CRS score of 469, who submitted their Express Entry profiles before the said date and time.
With the latest draw, the total number of ITAs issued by the IRCC so far in the year 2019 is now 85300. Compared to the 89800 ITAs issued in 2018, this is 4500 ITAs shorter. 2018 remains to be the year in which the highest number of ITAs was issued.
As per the multi-year immigration levels plan of Canada, the country is planning to admit 85800 new permanent residents in 2020 through Express Entry, compared to 81400 this year. Canada is also planning to increase admission target for Provincial Nominee Programs to 67,800 in 2020 compared to 61,000 this year. Most of the PNPs have at least one stream linked to the Express Entry system. The Express Entry candidates who receive provincial nomination will have 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score points added to their total CRS score.
Canada having set enhanced immigration targets for the coming two years, it is expected that the upcoming draws would be larger and quicker, which is indeed a positive thing for Express Entry candidates, especially those with lower CRS scores.
Minimum CRS requirements in the Express Entry draws held this year:

 Date CRS cut-off 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
September 4, 2019 463 3600
September 18, 2019 462 3600
October 2, 2019 464 3900
October 16, 2019 (Program-specific) 357  500
October 30, 2019 475 3900
November 14, 2019 472 3600
November 27, 2019 471 3600
December 11, 2019 472 3200
December 19, 2019 469 3200

 
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