Express Entry: Latest Draw Sees A Drop In Cut-off Score And Increase In Itas Issued

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited a total of 3,000 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 442 to apply for Canadian permanent residence in its third Express Entry draw of 2018, which took place on February 7.

The draw is the largest to take place since September 2017 and breaks a trend established over the previous five draws, each of which saw 2,750 ITAs issued.

This is the seventh time around that IRCC conducts a draw using the ‘tie-break’ procedure. In this event, multiple candidates who have the required cut-off score were ranked according to the date and time that their profiles were first submitted. Profiles that have been in the pool longer were prioritized for invitations over newer profiles. The tie-break date and time for this draw was May 29, 2017.


The latest federal Express Entry draw was not limited to any particular program; candidates in all programs managed through the Express Entry system were in a position to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

How Express Entry Works

Express Entry is an online immigration application system. It allows people to submit a profile and be considered as a skilled immigrant. Candidates with the highest rankings are invited to apply for permanent residency.

You must use Express Entry to apply for:

  • The Skilled Worker Program
  • The Skilled Trades Program
  • The Canadian Experience Class

Some candidates for Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program are also selected through Express Entry.

Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residency in Canada

If an Express Entry Canada immigration candidate is selected out of the pool during a “round of invitations” (Express Entry draw), he or she will then be given an Invitation to Apply for Canada PR. Once given an ITA, applicants have 90 days to submit their application for Canadian permanent residency.