On March 6, 2019, Canada held a new Express Entry draw, issuing 3,350 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System scores as low as 454. The Government of Canada has now issued 17,850 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) this year through the Express Entry system — an increase of 6,350 over the 11,500 ITAs that had been issued by this same juncture in 2018.
Today’s cut-off CRS score of 454 was a decrease of three points over the minimum score of 457 in the previous invitation round held on February 20.
Last year Canada issued a record 89,800 ITAs, a milestone the federal government is expected to surpass this year given its higher admissions targets for the Express Entry-managed Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class economic immigration categories. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada invites a set number of the highest-scoring candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.