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Express Entry results | October 2019

Updated: May 13, 2020

What CRS score do you need to immigrate to Canada?

The Government of Canada held three Express Entry draws in October. This month, 8,300 Invitations to Apply (ITA) were issued to eligible Express Entry candidates.


  • There have been a total of 22 Express Entry draws in 2019

  • A total of 75,600 Express Entry ITAs have been issued in 2019

  • The CRS cut-off score is slowly climbing; we expect the score to drop as the year-end approaches


October 30, 2019

No program specified

Number of invitations issued: 3,900

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 475

October 16, 2019

Federal skilled trades

Number of invitations issued: 500

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 357

October 2, 2019

No program specified

Number of invitations issued: 3,900

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 464


The Government of Canada set a goal to invite almost one million immigrants between 2018 and 2021. As we enter the last quarter of the year, we expect the CRS-score to decrease in order to meet the 2019 quota.

When will the CRS score come down for Express Entry?

In the most recent Express Entry draw (October 30th, 2019), the CRS score cut-off increased to 475 points. This is the highest cut-off score in nearly three years, since December, 2016. Many of our clients have been asking us “when will the CRS score come down for Express Entry?”

First, we’ll explain why the CRS score has increased. One of the main reasons is that the second draw in October was restricted to the Federal Skilled Trades Program. In this draw, only 500 invitations were issued. So, an entire month passed between the most recent draw open to all programs and the previous draw.

With a full month in between draws, more candidates were able to enter the Express Entry pool, which means there was a higher level of competition, thus leading to a higher CRS cut-off score.

How many candidates are in the Express Entry pool in October 2019?

As of October 25, there were a total of 131,399 candidates in the Express Entry pool.


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. Click the image below to enter your information and determine what your CRS score might be.


Our Services

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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