January Express Entry Draws Invited Record High Numbers for 2019

The latest Express Entry draws in January have seen the highest number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) ever given to applicants compared to previous years during the same period.

11,150 invitations were given to applicants who had the right experience and occupations to immigrate to Canada. This marked a five-year high for the Express Entry (EE) system, which previously invited 9,744 applicants for January in 2017 and only 5,500 applicants in January for 2018.

Lower CRS Scored Needed in Latest Express Entry Draw

The latest Express Entry draw on 30 January required a CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score of 438 to apply, which is a five-point drop from the last draw.

A CRS score is given to all applicants who enter into the EE pool of candidates. You are given a score out of 1,200 points that take into account factors like your:

  • Age;
  • Qualifications;
  • Language abilities in French and English;
  • Occupation;
  • Work experience;
  • Job offers;
  • Provincial nominations; and
  • Other adaptability factors

A way to almost guarantee an ITA, is to get a Provincial Nomination from one of Canada provinces that can help boost your application score by an additional 600 points. Want to boost your CRS even higher? Here are 6 useful tips to increase your immigration points.

Why Did the CRS Drop?

Why did the CRS score needed to apply drop? Simple. Shorter times between EE draws means that there is less chance for higher-scoring applicants to join the EE pool.

As a result, the CRS you need to get drops and that means you now have a better chance to get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence.

Here is a simple table that shows the times between each draw and the CRS score needed to get an ITA.

Date of drawTime between last drawCRS score needed for an ITA
30 Jan 20197 days438
23 Jan 201913 days443
15 Jan 201922 days438
19 Dec 20187 days439
12 Dec 201814 days445

Just make sure that if you get an ITA, you apply within 60 days otherwise you will be removed from the EE pool and have to reapply again!

Even if you do not get an ITA in one of the draws that generally take place every two weeks, you do not need to reapply. Your application in the EE pool will remain valid for up to one year.

About the Express Entry System

How does the EE system work? It manages three of Canada’s federal programs, namely the:

  • Canadian Experience Class;
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class; and
  • Federal Skilled Worker Class

Applicants are entered in the EE pool based on their CRS score. Those with the highest scores are given something called an ITA. This is used to apply for permanent residency in the country.

The Tie-Break Rule

For those who haven’t heard of the tie-break rule, it is used when there are applicants who received the same CRS score but there is a limited number of invitations that can be given out.

The tie-break rule uses a simple solution. It gives invitations to those who applied the earliest in the EE pool. In the 30 January Express Entry draw, the tie-break cut off time was April 26, 2018 at 5:00 UTC.

This means that if any applicant scored 438, but applied on 26 April, 2018 at 6:00 UCT, they would have been issued an ITA.

How Many ITA Were Issued?

In the latest Express Entry draw on 30 January, 3,350 ITA were given to potential applicants, rounding up the total to 11,150 for the month.

Canada is planning to keep up its record breaking trend by inviting more applicants than it ever has in previous years. This is all aligned with the new immigration targets that the country put into place last year that aims to invite 1.3 million immigrants by 2021.

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