Canada conducted the fourth Express Entry draw for the year. Now 3,350 candidates will receive an invitation to seek immigration to Canada. The CRS cut-off threshold for this draw was 457 points. It also applied tie-break mechanism in this draw. Furthermore all the candidates who had a score of 457 points will receive the ITA. The deadline was December 6, 2018 at 12:38:11 UTC for a profile in the pool.
This draw was conducted after a gap of three weeks from the previous draw, held on January 30. This contributed for the increased CRS requirement. Moreover, there was additional time for candidates to enter the pool. So far Canada has issued 14,500 invitations in 2019. There is a hope that this year also will be a big year for EE. IRCC is keen to issue invitations and reach its immigration targets. There is likelihood of a reduction in the CRS cut-off in the present year. The lowest EE cut-off threshold for an all-program draw stands at 413.
Canada Immigration Plan
In October 2018, the Canadian government revealed the Canada Immigration Level-Plan for 2019-2021. Additionally there was a commitment for increasing the numbers through the FSWC, CEC, and FSTC to reach 256,000 in the next three years. Moreover the target for settling new permanent residents was 200,000 through the Provincial Nominee Programs by 2021.
Many candidates receiving an invitation in Express Entry benefit from gaining the provincial nomination through a PNP stream aligned with the Express Entry. Moreover, after the changes to EE many candidates who pursued their studies in Canada were invited to apply for PR to Canada. The changes gave a boost to the points under the CRS of global students and graduates in Canada. Furthermore, Canada will issue more invitations in the future to benefit various individuals and families who wish to arrive in the country.
About the EE CRS
The CRS is a score from 1,200 allotted to economic applicants. It is a vital part of the mechanism, in the EE which commenced in January 2015 for processing PR applications. This score is a cut-off mark to cater to the Express Entry draws. It deals with the likelihood of a candidate to be successful in Canada.
The norms require a candidate to be eligible in:
- Federal Skilled Worker Class,
- Canadian Experience Class,
- Federal Skilled Trades Class
Candidates obtaining the provincial nomination through the PNP streams aligned with the Express Entry receive additional 600 points in CRS and also an ITA in the future draw. Additionally, a candidate can earn 260 points when he/she has high proficiency in English and French. A couple can get 270 points.
The next Express Entry draw
Although there is no specific schedule to hold an EE draw, but IRCC normally conducts these draws once every two weeks, mostly on a Wednesday. There is no bar to hold it on any other day.