The latest August 20 Express Entry draw saw a total of 3,600 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 457 or higher to apply for Canadian permanent residence. This again matched the 3,600 invitations issued in the previous August 12 draw but the cut-off score of 457 is nine points below the minimum score of 466 in the August 12 round, and it is the lowest score since May 1.
The 3,600 ITAs issued in the August 20 draw bring the total number issued in 2019 to 56,200, well on target for IRCC’s 2019 and 2020 admission targets. IRCC has issued 3,600 ITAs in each of the last four consecutive draws.
Eligible candidates under these categories are entered into the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked based on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores. A job offer is not required in order to be eligible for placement in the Express Entry pool.
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The August 20 draw took place only 8 days after the August 12 draw which may explain the lower CRS minimum score. Draws are typically held every two weeks and a longer period between draws brings more higher-scoring candidates into the the Express Entry pool.
A candidate’s CRS score is based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French. The highest-ranked candidates are issued Invitations to Apply for Canadian permanent residence, known as ITAs, through regular draws from the pool.
Rounds of invitations
IRCC ranks candidates in the pool using a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The highest-ranking candidates from the pool are selected and invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
The numbers in this table reflect the total number of people in the pool overall, a few days before an invitation round. The score distribution may change as people submit new profiles and other profiles expire.
The table numbers in italics are a detailed breakdown of the bold number immediately above.