In the latest Express Entry draw held on April 3, 2019, Canada invited 3350 candidates to apply for permanent residency with the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 451.

The CRS score for this draw dropped by 1 point compared to the CRS score cut-off for the last draw held on March 20, 2019. It is the third draw in a row that has seen a drop in the cut-off score, which is said to be the result of a consistent interval of two weeks between the draws.

Similar to the last two draws, the tie-break rule was applied by IRCC for April 3, 2019, draw; the tie-break was set at January 9, 2019, at 07:35:09 UTC, which means that candidates with a CRS score above 451, who had entered the Express Entry pool before the said date and time were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this draw.

With 24,550 invitations issued so far, 2019 is set to be another big year for Express Entry. Keeping in view the pace of draws being held, it is evident that 2019 will issue more ITAs than 2018, which closed at a record figure of 89,800.

On comparing the ITA results for both April 3, 2018, and April 3, 2019, it can be observed that the current year exceeds the ITAs received last year by 7,050 ITAs. It is for the fifth time in a row that the IRCC has issued 3,350 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the Express Entry candidates. However, the Express Entry draws held in January 2019, issued ITAs to 3,900 candidates in each draw. Looking into the latest trends, it is speculated that cut-off score will continue to drop in the forthcoming Express Entry draws.

Express Entry – 2019

Date of DrawCRS Score Cut-OffITAs Issued
April 3, 20194513,350
March 20, 20194523,350
March 6, 20194543,350
February 20, 20194573,350
January 30, 20194383,350
January 23, 20194433,900
January 10, 20194493,900

Also, Canada’s 2019-2020 higher admissions targets will result in an increase in the number of draws. The Express Entry system manages three major immigration categories including, the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class. The candidates who meet the eligibility criteria for the above categories are assigned a CRS score. The candidates then enter into the Express Entry pool, where their applications are ranked accordingly. 

The next step involves holding Express Entry draws and issuing an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence to a set number of highest-ranked candidates.

More invitations are expected to be issued over the coming weeks, months, and years, benefiting individuals and families around the world who seek Permanent Residence in Canada.

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