CRS score falls in Canada’s latest Express Entry draw

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for Canada’s Express Entry immigration system has decreased for the fourth time since February.

In the latest draw from Canada’s Express Entry pool, held yesterday, 3,350 candidates were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The CRS cut-off score for the latest draw was 450, which is one point lower than the minimum score in the previous draw on April 17. It was as high as 457 as recently as February.

The draw brings the number of Invitations to Apply (ITA) issued to Express Entry candidates in 2019 to 31,250. This means 6,750 more ITAs have been issued so far this year than at this same point in 2018 – a year that saw Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) establish a new program ITA record of 89,800 invitations issued in a single year.

The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class, the three categories which together take in the greatest share of economic class immigrants each year.

Eligible candidates for these categories are entered into the Express Entry pool and assigned a CRS ranking score based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

The highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.

Article published 2nd May 2019