In a draw held Monday, October 15, 2018 where The Government of Canada has invited 3,900 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score for this invitation round returned to 440, which is the lowest score drawn this year.
Today’s minimum score is five points less than the previous Express Entry draw on October 3, which also issued 3,900 Invitation to Apply (ITAs). This marks the fifth time in 2018 that the minimum score for an all-program Express Entry draw was 440.
IRCC used its tie-break rule in this draw and the date was September 18, 2018 this means that all candidates with a CRS score above 440 and level to 440 who submitted their profile before this specified date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.
Such a reduction can result when large draws are held in quick succession. Express Entry draws are typically held every two weeks, but only 12 days elapsed between the October 3 draw and today’s invitation round. Less time between draws means less time for the Express Entry pool to replenish, which can help push the CRS minimum score down.
Under its Multi-Year Immigration Levels Plan, the Government of Canada has a target of 74,900 new admissions for 2018 and 81,400 for 2019 through the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.