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Updated: May 13, 2020

The Government of Canada held two Express Entry draws in August. On August 12th, 2019, 3,600 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) were issued and the cut-off score was 466 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. The second draw was held on August 20th, 2019 and saw 3,600 ITAs issued with a cut-off score of 457 CRS points

Both draws held this month were relatively close in date (just eight days apart) and the second draw saw a 9-point drop in the CRS cut-off score.

At this point in 2019, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued a total of 56,200 ITAs to Express Entry applicants.


  • There have been a total of 17 Express Entry draws in 2019

  • A total of 56,200 Express Entry ITAs have been issued in 2019

  • The CRS cut-off score dropped 9 points!

  • The second Express Entry draw took place just 8 days after the first draw in August

The Government of Canada aims to welcome almost one million immigrants between 2018 and 2021. This continued trend fo Express Entry draws issuing a high number of ITAs indicates that the CRS cut-off score may continue to decrease in 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. In 2019, the Government of Canada aims to admit 330,800 immigrants. 


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.


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.


  1. If you have a spouse/common-law partner, brother, or sister living as a citizen or permanent resident in Canada, be sure to prove your relationship. This will increase your CRS score by 15 points.- Further, your spouse may be able to earn you more points by taking an educational credential assessment and/or taking a language test.

  2. Improve your English language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) and retake your IELTS to achieve a higher score. The higher your Canadian Language Benchmark level, the more CRS points you can acquire.

  3. Gain transferable skills by working before coming to Canada.

  4. Improve your education. Programs as short as one year in length can increase your CRS score by 84-90 points.

  5. Determine if you are eligible to participate in a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). This can increase your CRS score by 600 points.

  6. Get help: Contact us at Calver and Associates Immigration Services. We can help ensure that you are claiming as many points as possible to give you the best chance possible to accomplish your Canadian Immigration goals.


Determine your eligibility for Express Entry to Canada using the Express Entry Points Calculator.


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Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.

We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.

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