The May 29 draw saw the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score rise to 470 points, up from 450 in the previous all-program draw.
The rise of the minimum CRS score can be put down to two main factors:
1) Four-week gap since previous draw
All-program draws normally take place every two weeks. However, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) chose to target the May 15 draw at Federal Skilled Trades Program candidates only, with a minimum CRS of 332 points. This allowed the number of higher-scoring candidates to build up over a longer period, increasing the minimum CRS.
2) No provincial-specific draw alongside Federal Skilled Trades draw
In three of the four previous program-specific draws, IRCC has conducted draws for both Federal Skilled Trades and provincial nominee programs. However, there was no PNP draw accompanying the FSTP draw on May 15, allowing the number of candidates with 600 points for a provincial nomination in the Express Entry pool to build up, increasing the minimum CRS.
Canada has now issued 35,100 ITAs in 2019, against a high-skilled immigration target of 81,400.
IRCC broke the record for annual Express Entry ITAs in 2018 with 89,800.
The draw saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on May 23, 2019 at 6.18am EST. If more than one candidate had the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.
What is Express Entry?
Express Entry is an immigration system implemented by Canadian immigration authorities (IRCC) on January 1, 2015 which manages skilled worker applications under Federal Economic programs. This includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program the Canada Experience Class and parts of the Provincial Nomination Programs.
Stakeholders expect to see near 30 draws and more than 80,000 invitations issued in 2019, with a majority of draws featuring CRS scores below 460 to enable Canadian immigration authorities to meet targeted annual immigration levels for 2019.
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What Can Employers Do to Recruit Foreign Workers?
Employers are encouraged to consider securing an LMIA or nomination under provincial nomination programs (PNPs) to ensure long term retention of employees.
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What Should Candidates Do Next?
It is expected that the majority of applicants to be issued ITAs in 2019 will require a CRS score well under 460 points, enabling a significant number of applicants to receive permanent admission to Canada without a job offer or nomination under a provincial immigration program. However, securing an approved offer of employment is highly recommended. Watch our Facebook livestream video on how to find jobs in Canada from overseas.
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