The Government of Canada drew for the second round of Express Entry invitations in October 2018. In this draw, 3,900 Invitations to Apply (ITA) were issued and the cut-off score was 440 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. This is the lowest cut-off score of 2018 and this is also the 5th draw that has had a cut-off score this low this year. Today, we also see a return to the all-time highest number of invitations issued on September 5th and October 3rd. In this draw, 400 Invitations were issued.
This draw took place less than two weeks after the previous draw;
This draw’s cut-off score is the lowest in 2018;
A total of 70,300 Express Entry ITAs have been issued over the 22 draws held in 2018
At the end of 2017, the government of Canada released a multi-year immigration plan. This plan aims to admit 242,100 immigrants through the Express Entry System within the next three years. The target for 2018 is 74,900 immigrants. With several large draws this early in the year, the government will likely achieve this goal.
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.
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.
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.