The Government of Canada has issued 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence in rare Monday draw held on October 15. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score for this invitation round stood at 440 points, which is not only the lowest score drawn this year, but is also five points less than the score of 445 in the previous Express Entry draw on October 3.
However, in both draws the number of Invitation to Apply (ITAs) issued to Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence has remained same – 3,900. Moreover, it is also the fifth time in 2018 that the minimum score for an all-program Express Entry draw was 440.
As in recent draws, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) used a tie-break rule in this draw as well. It means all Express Entry candidates with a CRS score above 440, and those candidates with scores of 440 who submitted their profile before September 18, 2018, at 11:06:29 UTC, received an ITA in this invitation round.
Express Entry invitation rounds are generally take place every two weeks, however, only 12 days elapsed between the October 3 draw and October 15 invitation round. The small time gap between these two Express Entry draws can be considered an important factor in pushing the CRS minimum score down. Less time between invitation rounds means less time for the Express Entry pool to replenish, which eventually lead to minimum score reduction.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has now issued a total of 70,300 ITAs over 22 draws held in 2018. According to its Multi-Year Immigration Levels Plan, the Government of Canada is committed to welcome 74,900 new permanent residents for 2018 and 81,400 for 2019 through its three main federal economic immigration programs- the Federal Skilled Trades Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class and the Canadian Experience Class.
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