The April Express Entry draw sees the cut-off score continue to lower with another 3, 350 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence through the Canadian federal government. The draws through the government’s three skilled worker programs have been taking place regularly this year, typically in two-week intervals which has pushed the number of invitations issued ahead of what they were at the same time in 2018.
The draw sizes are only expected to increase through the main and Express Entry linked streams (offered by the Provincial Nominee Programs) in order to meet this year’s admission targets with 24, 550 ITAs issued to successful candidates in 2019 already. This follows the announcement by the Canadian government to welcome over a million immigrants into the country within the next three years in order to address growing labour market shortage concerns.
The April 3rd Draw
The April Express Entry draw that took place on the 3rd issued the same number of invitations as the two draws that took place in March with 3, 350 ITAs issued in one draw. This is quite a high number when compared to the figures for the first-ever year of Express Entry (2015) when there were only 6, 851 invitations issued by the time of the first April draw.
The cut-off score for this draw was 451 which was one point less than the previous draw on March 20th at 452. This is the third consecutive draw where the minimum score has lowered. It’s expected that the cut-off score will stay low if the draws continue taking higher numbers of candidates and happen as regularly as they have been.
The tie-break rule was used during this draw with the timestamp at January 9, 2019 07:35:09 UTC. This means that everyone who achieved a score of 451 or more on their profile and entered the pool before the timestamp achieved an ITA for permanent residence. Because this is a fast-track system, candidates will not be in the system for long with profiles expiring within 12 months of first applying. If you’re one of these candidates who were unsuccessful during this draw and your profile is expiring, you can always create another profile and update it to strengthen your score throughout the process.
Hypothetical Successful Candidates
Philip is a 33-year-old English teacher from Luxembourg with a post-secondary degree from a university outside of Canada. He has more than six years of experience working in his field and scored a 5 for French but a 10 for English on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test. He is married and his husband Felipe has only a high school education level. However, he scored a CLB 8 in English and CLB 10 in French. With a job offer that meets shortages according to the labour market impact assessment, Philip scored 478, securing his ITA.
Aleah from Yemen is a 40-year-old psychologist with a masters degree from a Canadian university. She achieved a CLB 8 in English and a CLB 4 in French and has over six years of experience in her field with one year experience in Canada directly after her studies some years ago. She has a sister living in Canada which pushed her score to 462, allowing her to achieve her ITA during this draw.
How Express Entry Works
The Express Entry system was created by the Canadian federal government in 2015 in order to fast-track it’s most popular programs (with a processing period of only six months) to target the shortage of in-demand occupations in Canada. The system controls the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class.
To apply for the programs under Express Entry, candidates need to create an online profile, stating which programs they want to be considered for. This profile is then measured according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which is a set of criteria listed below that awards points towards applicant profiles. Those who are married can also decide whether they want to add their spouse as a dependent or list them as a secondary applicant with their own profile which will then determine a small portion of the main applicant’s overall score.
Candidates who meet the criteria for their selected program are then entered into the Express Entry pool where the highest scoring profiles are selected in draws that typically happen every two weeks. As mentioned, candidates are always able to update their profiles, improving their scores before the draws increase their chances.
CRS Criteria Awards Points For:
- CLB Language proficiency (English and French)
- Level of Education (In and outside Canada)
- Work Experience (In and outside Canada)
- Arranged employment
- Provincial Nomination achieved
- Siblings living in Canada as permanent residents/citizens
- Your spouse’s profile (if married)
Ways to Improve Your Score
There is always a way to improve your score within the Express Entry pool. There are certain categories of the CRS that count for more points than others, such as achieving a job offer from a Canadian employer which will add 200 points to your profile.
Another big way to improve your profile is to achieve a Provincial Nomination (PN) which will add 600 points to your score. However, candidates will have to apply for this separately, creating another profile through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Candidates can begin this process by checking which province they would like to reside in, which streams they qualify for through that province’s immigration and then either wait for a Notification of Interest (NOI) or submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), depending on how the province conducts their programs.
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