On May 9 Express Entry Draw was carried out by Canada and a total of 3,500 Invitations to Apply were issued to candidates to apply for permanent residence of Canada. The cut-off for the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score stood at 441 points.
The recent May 9 Express Entry draw was almost an exact replica of the Express Entry draw that was carried out on April 25th. In both the draws the same number of Invitations to Apply (ITA) were issued and the CRS cut-off was also the same.
This CRS cut-off has been the lowest till now in the year 2018 and the number of ITAs issued have been the highest till now in this year.
With the latest draw the total number of ITAs that have been issued till now in 2018 has reached 28,000. This is the third time in the year 2018 that 3,500 ITAs have been issued.
Looks like the immigration authorities of Canada is following a pattern. First a series of 3,000 ITAs were issued in a number of draws and now 3,500 ITAs are being issued in the recent three occasions of Express Entry draws.
It should be noted here that more than 3,500 ITAs were issued by Canada in the seven of the first nine draws in the year 2017. Considering the fact that some big targets have been set up by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the year 2018 and 2019, much larger than what it was in 2017, it is possible that the draw size may increase in the coming time or the frequency of draws may increase.
It has been seen in the past that larger draws result in lowering the CRS cut-off score or have kept it lower than smaller draws.
Once again in the May 9th Express Entry draw as well, a tie break rule was used by IRCC. The time and date picked up for this round of invitation was December 12th, 2017 at 01:51:38 UTC.
What this means is that all the candidates who had scored 441 points and had submitted their profile before this time and date were picked up to issue the Invitation to Apply.