CRS score drops again in latest Express Entry draw

May 2, 2020

By CIC News |

The Government of Canada has issued 3,311 Invitations to Apply to Express Entry candidates through a program-specific draw held May 1.

The Invitations to Apply, or ITAs, were issued to Express Entry candidates under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for these candidates was 452.

This is the lowest CRS requirement so far in 2020, three points under the April 16 CEC draw that had a minimum CRS cut off of 455.

Another 589 ITAs were issued to Express Entry candidates nominated through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) earlier this week. The minimum CRS score for these candidates was 692.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, which explains the higher cut-off score. For example, a candidate who enters the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 300 and then obtains a nomination from a Canadian province would see their CRS score increase to 900.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) employed its tie-break rule in this draw and the date and time used was October 10, 2019 at 19:15:28 UTC. This means that all CEC candidates with a CRS score above 452 as well as those candidates with scores of 452 who submitted their profile before this date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

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