A total of 3,350 candidates were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the Express Entry draw which took place on February 20, 2019. Minimum comprehensive ranking score (CRS) in this round of invitation was 457. Significant increase in minimum cut-off as compared to January 30, 2019 draw is because of 3 weeks gap between two consecutive draws. More time between draws allows more time for the EE pool to replenish with higher scoring candidates, which can have the effect of increasing the cut-off score. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has now issued a total of 14,500 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in 2019, which remains the biggest start to a year since the Express Entry system’s introduction in 2015.
The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three federal economic immigration programs (Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class). Express Entry candidates are given a ranking score (comprehensive ranking score – CRS) based on various factors (e.g. age, education, work experience and proficiency in English or French). The CRS determines candidate’s position in the Express Entry (EE) pool. IRCC invites the highest-ranking candidates through regular draws from the Express Entry (EE) pool. Candidates are required to submit a complete Canadian permanent residency application online to IRCC within 60 days after receiving an invitation to apply (ITA).
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