The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score dropped yet again to 431 as Canada held its new Canadian Experience Class draw. This is the lowest CRS for CEC candidates, in Express Entry since 2017.

This Express Entry draw has culminated to invitations for 3,508 candidates and their families to apply for Canadian immigration.

Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence were rolled out to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as little as 431.

This draw follows the 392 invitations sent out to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates yesterday, bringing the total of invitations issued over the past two days to 3,900.

The federal Express Entry system manages the profiles of candidates for three of Canada’s major economic-class immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSW), Federal Skilled Workers Class (FST) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Canada’s immigration ministry (IRCC) has been targeting CEC and PNP candidates over the past twelve weeks because they are most likely to be living in Canada and are less likely to be impacted by the current restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

CRS cut-off scores for CEC candidates have declined in every single Canadian Experience Class draw since the introduction of travel restrictions.

Today’s draw saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on April 3, 2020, at 12:56:32 UTC. This means that all applicants with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 431 who lodged their profile before this date and time received an invitation in this round.

Today’s draw cut-off score of 431 was Six (6) points lesser than the cut-off score in the last CEC Express Entry draw, which was 437.

There has been a massive downward trend in CRS cut-offs since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and given they have declined in every single CEC draw in recent months, to the point that it is looking most likely that the points will continue to drop further below.

All qualified Express Entry candidates are granted a score under the CRS that is based on factors such as age, educational qualifications, skilled work experience and proficiency in French or English.

Unlike all-program invitation rounds, which draw from the entire Express Entry pool and tend to result in higher cut-off scores, Express Entry linked draws can produce lower cut-off scores given they target a smaller pool of candidates.

Although Canada’s immigration ministry has not yet provided information as to when the next Federal skilled workers (FSW) draw would happen, prospective Canadian immigration candidates, are advised to continue to lodge their profiles to the Express Entry pool.

This not only ensures that they will be in the system if an FSW draw is conducted but also that they will be open to Canada’s provinces and territories when they release Express Entry-linked provincial nominations.

Candidates who obtain a nomination from a Canadian territory or provinces, receive an extra 600 points towards their CRS score, practically boosting their chances of being included in upcoming Express Entry draw.

Thus far in 2020, Canada has sent out 49,900 invitations. This was the nineteenth invitation rounds under Express Entry in 2020 and the 154th overall.

Given Canada’s higher admission target for its three federal skilled immigration programs in 2020 and 2021, we anticipate that IRCC will conduct more frequent and larger draws in the coming weeks and months.

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