Canada breaks Express Entry invitation record in the latest draw held on December 19th featuring the lowest minimum score of 2018.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 3,900 invitations to apply (ITA’s) for Canadian permanent residence to Express Entry candidates with a minimum CRS score of 439 in the latest invitation round.
The latest invitation round marks the first time in 2018, that an all-program draw resulted in a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off threshold below 440.
IRCC used its tie-break rule in the December 19th draw. The time stamp used is February 6, 2018, at 19:31:37 UTC, which mean that all candidates with a CRS score of and above 439, who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this time period, received an ITA in this draw.
The number of candidates invited in the latest draw (3900) brought the total number of invitations in 2018 to date to 89,800 — exceeding the total of 86,022 invitations issued in the whole of 2017, meaning that 2018 is a record year for the number of invitations issued.
The invitation record reflects Canada’s augmented admissions target through its Federal High Skilled immigration category that is set to increase in 2019 to 81,400, an increase of 6,500 new admissions over 2018’s target of 74,900.
The latest draw follows quickly on the previous invitation round, which took place just seven days before on December 12th. The shorter-than-usual gap between these two recent draws probably contributed to the downfall in the CRS cut-off threshold.