A new type of Express Entry draw has been conducted by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It comprised of two separate cut off thresholds in Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) and provincial nominees, respectively.
The CRS cut-off thresholds for FSTC candidates has been the lowest by some standards at 199 points. The cut-off thresholds for candidates with provincial nomination has been at 775 points. This means that candidates who were having a core CRS score of as low as 175 points received the Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the latest Express Entry draw.
The core CRS score is the number of points scored by the candidates without the additional points from provincial nomination, post-secondary education in Canada or a qualifying job offer. It can be said that within the CRS, provincial nomination has become the single most valuable pointer, as it straight away gives 600 CRS points to candidates who have obtained provincial nomination.
A total number of 400 FSTC candidates and 143 candidates having nomination by way of a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream aligned with Express Entry, received the ITA.
Draw Specific to Immigration Program
A total of 63 draws have taken place ever since the Express Entry immigration system was first introduced back in January 2015. This shows that there have only been three draws till now which have taken into consideration the program for which a candidate was eligible.
In February, 2015, a totally different type of Express Entry draw took place, something in which only those candidates who were eligible under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) were sent the Invitation to Apply. The other program specific Express Entry draw was held in November 2016 in which only those candidates were invited who had provincial nomination.
The only program that is left now which did not had any program-specific draw till now is the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC).