The Government of Canada issued 3,900 invitations to apply (ITA’s) for Canadian permanent residence to Express Entry candidates with ranking scores as low as 443 in its second Express Entry draw of this year on Wednesday, January 23rd.
The latest draw brings the total number of ITA’s issued in the federal Express Entry system since the start of 2019 to 7,800.
Keeping in mind the Canada’s higher admissions targets for 2019 and 2020 for Federal High Skilled economic immigration candidates, this year’s record start is not unexpected and it is possible that IRCC will issue more ITAs in 2019 than it did in 2018.
CRS drops six points
The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in this latest invitation round experienced a reduction of six points than the minimum score in the first draw of 2019, which took place on January 10. Moreover, the CRS score of 443 is the lowest score yet for a January draw through the Express Entry system.
The two weeks gap between these recent draws probably contributed to the downfall in the CRS cut-off threshold.
IRCC used its tie-break rule in the January 23 draw, meaning that candidates with 443 CRS points, who have had their profile in the Express Entry pool before January 2, 2019 at 03:55:26 UTC got Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this invitation round.
Candidates, who receive an invitation, have to submit a complete Canadian permanent residence application to the Government of Canada within 60 days from the date of receiving their ITA.