The government of Canada, on August 12, 2019, issued invitations to 3,600 new Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
The cut-off scores were increased by 7 points from the previous draw held on July 24, which recorded the cut-off score as 459. Invitation to Apply (ITAs) were issued to new express entry candidates with a minimum score of 466 or above.
The Express Entry system is one of the core sources of Canada’s foreign skilled workers. Candidates in the Express Entry pool are determined a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on the candidate’s age, education, work experience and language proficiency. In order to be eligible for the Express Entry pool, candidates must meet the prerequisites for one of these 3 Express Entry categories.
The latest draw has defined the IRCC’s trend of issuing 3,600 ITAs in the three draws held since July 10. This showcases an expansion of 250 ITAs, over the 3,350 issued in each of the 10 draws held between January 30 and June 26, 2019.
With the expansion in the draw sizes, the IRCC expects to exceed its single-year ITA record 89,800 invitations issued in the year 2018. The IRCC frequently holds the Express Entry draws in every two weeks and the higher number of ITAs is necessary, as Canada has planned to expand its admission targets for upcoming years.
The admission target in the three, Federal Skilled Immigration categories in the Express Entry stream are expected to set a new ITA record in 2019 and 2020.