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3900 candidates invited in the largest Express Entry draw of 2018

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In the 98th Express Entry draw held on September 5, 2018, a whopping 3900 candidates were issued invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in Canada. This is so far the largest Express Entry draw held in 2018 and the second largest till date. The minimum required Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 440, the same as in the previous two draws held on August 8 and August 22. This is also the lowest CRS cut-off threshold in the year 2018.
As in the previous draws, tie-break rule was applied in August 22nd Express Entry draw too, the date and time being April 29, 2018 at 14:28:34 UTC. It means all candidates with a CRS score of 440 and above, who submitted their profiles before the said date and time, received Invitations to Apply.

Including today’s draw, the IRCC has so far issued a total of 58,600 ITAs over 18 draws in 2018. The September 5 draw has broken the trend of issuing 3,750 ITAs which continued in the six consecutive draws held after June 13. This year, the Express Entry draws followed a pattern where the number of ITAs issued was retained as same over a series of draws and then raised by 250 or 500. In the beginning of this year, the draw size was 2750, which has gradually risen to the current size of 3900.

Minimum CRS requirements in the Express Entry draws held this year:

Date of draw Minimum CRS score
September 5, 2018 440
August 22, 2018 440
August 8, 2018 440
July 25, 2018 441
July 11, 2018 442
June 25, 2018  442
June 13, 2018 451
May 23, 2018 440
May 9, 2018 441
April 25, 2018 441
April 11, 2018 444
March 26, 2018 446
March 14, 2018 456
February 21, 2018 442
February 7, 2018 442
January 24, 2018 444
January 10, 2018 446

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