In a fresh Express Entry Draw held on Wednesday, May 23, by the Government of Canada, 3500 invitations were issued for application of permanent residence. The cut-off score for this round was 440 based on the Comprehensive Ranking System.
The score on Wednesday witnessed a new low, beating the low score of 441 in the past. The date and time for the tie-breaker of the new invitation were scheduled at 06:39:40 UTC on December 30, 2017. This signified that all participants with a score of 440 and above received an ITA or Invitation to Apply in the current invitation draw, who submitted their profile prior to this time frame.
The draw held on Wednesday was the tenth draw of 2018 and the fourth consecutive to execute 3500 ITAs, getting the ITA total to 31,500 in 2018.
The Express Entry draw sizes have considerably increased in 2018 to 3000 in February and March and to 3500 for each of the four draws held since April due to immigration, refugees and citizenship. The numbers were previously at 2750 at the beginning of the year.
The CRS cut-off score could be effectively lowered by larger invitation rounds or by maintaining it lower than smaller entries which is what has been observed in the last four draws. The three dates that observed a significant reduction in the CRS cut-off score by six points that are, from 446 to 440 were April 25, May 9, and May 23.
The target for Government of Canada for 2018 is 74, 900 admissions via three economic immigration sections managed by the Express Entry System such as The Canadian Experience Class, The Federal Skilled Trade Class, and Federal Skilled Worker Class. The target set for these three sections in 2019 is 81, 400.