6th March Express Entry Draw


Express Entry Draw #112:  6th March, 2019

CRS Cut-off score decreased to 454

Canada held its 5th Express Entry draw of 2019 on Wednesday, March 6, issuing 3,350 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to skilled worker candidates. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off threshold for this draw was 454 – a slight decrease since the previous invitation round on February 20, when candidates with 457 or more CRS points received Invitations to Apply (ITA’s).

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has now issued a total 17,850 invitations this year through the Express Entry system, which is an increase of 6,350 over the 11,500 invitations that had been issued by this same juncture in 2018.

Canada issued a record total of 89,800 ITAs in 2018, a milestone the Canadian government is likely to surpass this year owing to its higher admissions targets for the Express Entry-managed economic immigration categories.

A tie-break rule was applied by IRCC in the March 6 draw. The time stamp used was February 11, 2019, at 17:21:27 UTC, meaning all candidates with a CRS score of and above 454, who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

Invited candidates have 60 days to submit their complete Canadian permanent residence application to the Government of Canada.

Express Entry candidates nominated for Canadian permanent residence by a Canadian province or territory through an Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream receive an additional 600 points toward their ranking score, effectively guaranteeing an ITA in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

  • Date and time of round: March 6, 2019 at 14:56:03 UTC
  • Number of invitations issued: 3,350
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 454

Tie-breaking rule: February 11, 2019 at 17:21:27 UTC

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