The 3,600 ITAs issued in the September 18 Express Entry draw bring the total number issued in 2019 to 63,400, well on target for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s 2019 and 2020 admission targets. IRCC has issued 3,600 ITAs in each of the last six consecutive draws. With the September 18 Express Entry draw, IRCC is 4,800 ITAs ahead of the 58,600 that it had issued at this same point in 2018, a year that finished with a total record of 89,800 ITAs.
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.
Fluctuations in Minimum CRS Points
Fluctuation in the minimum CRS scores drawn this year may be partly attributed to the time between draws, which has deviated on a number of occasions from IRCC’s usual pace of a draw every two weeks. For example, the August 20 draw took place only eight days after the previous draw on August 12 and saw the minimum CRS score decrease by nine points, from 466 to 457. The September 4 draw occured within IRCC’s standard two-week intervals and resulted in an increase of six points. The two-week interval was maintained for the September 18 draw and hence a single point differential from September 4 draw.
More time between draws allows the pool to replenish with higher-scoring candidates, which can have the effect of raising the minimum CRS score.
Less time between draws means fewer candidates have time to enter a profile, which can help to lower the cut-off score.
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.
September 18 Express Entry Rounds of invitations results
Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – September 18, 2019
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.