The Government of Canada drew for the sixth round of Express Entry invitations in 2019. In this draw, 3,350 Invitations to Apply (ITA) were issued and the cut-off score was 451 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. In comparison with the previous draw held on March 20th, this draw saw a decrease in the CRS cut-off score by one points, however, it maintained the same number of ITAs issued in the previous three draws. At this point in 2019, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued a total of 24,550 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Express Entry applicants.
At the rate of ITAs being issued, the Government of Canada is set to surpass the number of invitations extended in 2018
The previous three draws have featured declining cut-off scores
A total of 24,550 Express Entry ITAs have been issued in 2019
The tie-break used in this draw was set at January 9th, 2019 at 7:35 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score of 451 or above who submitted a profile before that date and time were issued an ITA in the April 3 invitation round.
Express Entry Target for 2019
According to Canada’s new immigration plan, almost a quarter of those coming to Canada will do so through one of the three economic immigration classes managed by the Express Entry system. Economic immigration is one of the largest targets as a whole. As such, some key streams of entry are through the Provincial Nominee Program and include the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Business Stream. Canada aims to admit 330,800 immigrants in 2019.
Express Entry Program
Immigration Canada uses a federal system, referred to as Express Entry, to manage applications for permanent residency from individuals in these programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class. The Government of Canada holds an average of two to three Express Entry draws per month.
Express Entry Profile
Candidates must create an Express Entry profile online where they enter information about their skills, education, language ability, work experience, and more. Candidates are then assigned a CRS score out of 1200 points. Every two to three weeks, the Canadian government will conduct an Express Entry draw where applicants with the highest CRS score receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. Those who are extended an ITA have 90 days to complete an application.
Express Entry Points Calculator
Determine your eligibility for Express Entry to Canada using the Express Entry Points Calculator. Click the image below to enter your information and determine what your CRS score might be.
The Comprehensive Ranking System
Prospective immigrants are then ranked in a point system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Points are given for each piece of information in your Express Entry profile. Some different factors that play into your CRS score include your age, level of education, English and French language proficiency, work experience, and connections to Canada (e.g. education, work experience, siblings, etc.). The number of points allotted for each factor differs if you have a spouse or common-law partner or not.
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