The latest Express Entry draw has issued another 3, 350 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence to qualifying candidates. This is the second draw of June, 2019 and what makes it significant is the fact that the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score was lowered by three points to 462. This is the second consecutive draw that has lowered the cut-off score and we believe it will continue to drop with coming draws.
So what is the Express Entry system and why should you apply for it? Well, for starters, it is one of the fastest ways to get to Canada and secondly, it has one of the largest immigration quotas making it one of the best options to immigrate to Canada. Find out more about Express Entry draws and how the system works below so that you can get your own ITA for permanent residence.
What Is the Express Entry System?
Canada is in great need of skilled workers and for this reason, they created a fast route to Canada called Express Entry. Through this system, applications are processed in under 6 months which naturally makes it an extremely popular category for those who wish to start a new life in The Great White North.
The system manages the pool of candidates for the three Federal economic immigration programs, namely the Skilled Workers Program, Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class. If you want your application processed in under six months, you will have to meet the requirements for one of these programs in addition to creating a separate online Express Entry (EE) profile.
Your EE profile will be assigned a CRS score out of 1, 200 based on your age, work experience, language ability, educational background and other factors. After this step, your profile will be entered into the pool of candidates where it will be ranked according to its CRS score.
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) holds EE draws from this pool of candidates typically every two weeks. The highest ranking profiles are issued ITAs that give them 60 days to complete an application for permanent residence. Those who are not chosen during the EE draw remain in the pool of candidates to be considered for the next draw. Keep in mind that your profile will only stay valid for one year.
To increase your chances of earning an ITA, you need to make sure your CRS score is as high as possible. There are several things you can do to increase your score but the most effective strategy is acquiring a Provincial Nomination, which nets an additional 600 CRS points. It is important to update your profile to reflect any changes that may affect your CRS score.
The 27 June Express Entry Draw
Thanks to the latest draw, another 3, 350 people can now apply for permanent residence. This brings the total number of ITAs issued in 2019 to a staggering 41, 800, which is more than half of the total target of the year, 81, 400. 2019 is set to break immigration targets with the largest immigration target ever and it seems that we are well on the way to see this prediction coming true.
The latest draw’s CRS cut off score was 462, which is three points lower than the previous draw held on the 12th of June. The reason for the drop can be attributed to the fact that only two weeks passed between draws. When more time passes between draws, it allows for more high ranking profiles to enter the pool of candidates making it more competitive to earn an ITA thus hiking up the cut-off score.
The time break rule was used and the time stamp chosen was May 11, 2019, at 17:40:54 UTC. This means that all candidates who had CRS scores of more than 462 and those with scores equal to 462 who entered their profile into the pool of candidates after this time were issued with ITAs.
Below are two hypothetical examples of the kind of profiles that were issued ITAs in the latest draw.
Monica is a 31-year old dentist with a master’s degree and 5 years of work experience. She has never been in Canada before but her IELTS results showed she is fluent in English. These factors together bring her score to 462, which is enough to earn an ITA.
Peter is a 30-year-old architect with a bachelor's degree and a postgraduate diploma. He is married to Mary who is also 30 and also has a bachelor’s degree. They both scored 8 in all categories of their IELTS. Though they have never been in Canada before, these factors bring their score to 467, which is more than enough to earn an ITA.
How We Can Help You
There are over 70 different routes to immigrate to Canada and each of these has their own unique set of criteria which makes it difficult to determine which one you qualify for. Luckily, we have a team of expert Regulated Candian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) who are authorized by the Canadian government to assist you with your application. They will go over all the immigration programs, including those managed by Express Entry, in order to find the one most suited to your profile. Following this step, they will handle the entire application for you ensuring everything is correct, complete and delivered on time. Migrate to Canada stress-free, sign up for our services today.