3,750 ITAs issued in latest draw, CRS minimum score drops to 441 in new Express Entry draw:
On Wednesday, July 25 The Government of Canada issued 3,750 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a new Express Entry draw held. The Comprehensive Ranking System cut-off score for this invitation round was 441, which is one point lower than the last invitation round on July 11.
The score reduction could be attributed to the back-to-back draws of 3,750 ITAs in a 14-day period. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 441 or 441 received an ITA in this invitation round.
This is the fourth consecutive draw to issue 3,750 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) and brings the total ITAs issued in July to 7,500. This makes July 2018 by far the best July in terms of ITAs issued since Express Entry was introduced in 2015 and follows a record-setting month of June, which also saw 7,500 ITAs issued.
So far this year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued a total 47,200 ITAs and its admission targets for 2018 and 2019 are 74,900 and 81,400 immigrants, respectively. Whether draw sizes will increase above 3,750 remains to be seen. If IRCC does resort to larger draws, or more frequent draws, this could also result in a reduction of the cut-off CRS score.
This draw size of 3,750 continues a now well-established trend in 2018 that has seen draw sizes gradually increased over the course of the year. The year began with two draws of 2,750 ITAs each in January, followed by four draws of 3,000 ITAs each in February and March and four draws of 3,500 ITAs each in April and May. The draw size then rose to 3,750 in the first June draw, held on June 13.
The points awarded for most factors on the grid remain the same as those awarded under the current Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) points grid, with a few key exceptions.
Whereas a Validated Employment Offer is currently worth a maximum of 10, it will increase to a maximum 14 points and points awarded will vary based on the region of Quebec where the job offer is located.
In order to be considered for a Quebec Selection Certificate, or CSQ, candidates will have to meet the required cut-off and passing scores under the Quebec QSWP points grid.
The first requirement is that candidates meet the initial cut-off score for education (2 points) and financial self-sufficiency (1 point). Candidates who meet this requirement must then meet the cut-off score of 43 points for Employability factors. The Employability cut-off score for candidates with a spouse or common-law partner is 52.
Employability factors include education and training, work experience, age, language proficiency, time spent in Quebec and family in Quebec and a validated employment offer. A job offer is an added bonus but is not required in order to be eligible for the QSWP.
Finally, in order to be considered for a CSQ, candidates must meet the minimum threshold for Selection factors, which is a passing score of 50 points (59 with a spouse or common-law partner). Selection factors take into account all Employability factors with the addition of accompanying children and financial self-sufficiency.