Latest Express Entry Draw: ITA’s issued to 3,900 applicants to apply for permanent residence in new draw

The Government of Canada has invited 3,900 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence under Express Entry System in its latest draw, held on October 3, 2018. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for this draw was 445.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied the ‘tie-break’ rule in the latest draw as well. Therefore, those candidates who have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 445 and above and have submitted an Express Entry profile before October 2, 2018 at 04:02:11 UTC have received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this draw.

The Express Entry system is mainly used in three major federal economic immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Those interested in entering the Express Entry pool need to first fulfill the requirements for one of the these three programs managed by Express Entry.

Once candidates enter their application in the pool, their ranking is determined on the strength of various factors including their education, language ability, work experience, and few other factors. Depending upon these factors, candidates are ranked on the basis of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which assigns a score out of 1,200.

Candidates who have received Invitation to Apply (ITA) need to submit a complete application for Canadian permanent resident status to the Government of Canada within 60 days of issuing an ITA.

Express Entry candidates can improve their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in various ways, including a provincial nomination that can add additional 600 CRS points.

Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) have been very active this year. Many new streams have also been introduced in Nova Scotia and Alberta in 2018. Every Canadian province and territory with a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) now offer at least one Express Entry-linked nomination stream.

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 445 is an increase of four points than the last draw, which had a minimum CRS score of 441. In fact before this draw the CRS score kept fluctuating in between 440-441 since July, 2018. There is no denying the fact that the increase in CRS score has made the system quite tougher but the number of ITA’s issued (3,900) has increased and are highest since its inception.