The government of Canada held its largest Express Entry draw of 2018 on September 5, issuing 3900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
This is the 4th all program draw in 2018 with a minimum score of 440, which is the lowest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in 2018 to date.
The tie-break date and time used in this draw was April 29, 2018, at 14:28:34 UTC. This means that all the candidates with a score of 440 and above who submitted their profile before this specified date and time, received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this invitation round.
The Express Entry system manages the profiles of candidates in Canada’s three main federal economic immigration categories- the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trader Class, and the Canadian Experience Class.
Candidates are ranked according to their CRS score and the highest-ranked candidates are issued an ITA through regular invitation rounds.
Today’s draw broke the trend of issuing 3,750 ITAs that was first established by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on June 13 and characterized the six draws held since then.
Throughout 2018, IRCC has issued a set number of ITAs over a series of draws, and then raised the number of ITAs by increments of 250 or 500. Draw size began at 2,750 at the start of 2018 and have increased drastically to the current size of 3,900 ITAs.
The regular pace of these larger draws since June 13 could be helping keep the CRS score at 440 and preventing it from going higher. Larger draw sizes and more regular draws can also have the effect of lowering CRS scores.
There are several ways for Express Entry candidates to improve their scores, including a provincial nomination that results in 600 additional CRS points. Express Entry linked Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) have been extremely active and innovative in 2018.
IRCC has now issued a total of 58,600 ITAs over 18 draws in 2018, which puts it slightly ahead of the 57,751 ITAs that were issued over the first 18 draws in 2017. However, IRCC had issued 63,777 ITAs in 2017 by the same point in September. This leaves IRCC 5,177 ITAs behind last year’s pace.
A total of 86,023 ITAs were issued in 2017. Given Canada’s increased admission targets for both 2018 and 2019, it remains possible that this year’s total could surpass the number of ITA’s issued in 2017.