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Another 3,600 invited for PR in September 18 Express Entry draw

September 18 Express Entry draw invites 3,600 more for permanent residence

The September 18 Express Entry draw saw a total of 3,600 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 462 or higher to apply for Canadian permanent residence. This again matched the 3,600 invitations issued in the previous September 4 draw but the cut-off score of 462 is one point lower than the minimum score of 463 in the September 4 draw.

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.

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The Express Entry system allows Canada to actively recruit, assess and select skilled immigrants under the three Federal High Skilled economic-class immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

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In order to enter the Express Entry pool, candidates must first meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three programs. The first step is to create an Express Entry profile.

A job offer is not required in order to be eligible for placement in the Express Entry pool. Find out if you are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool.

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.

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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


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Number of invitations issued: 3,600

Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,600th or above


Date and time of round: September 18, 2019 at 17:52:51 UTC

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 462

Tie-breaking rule: August 29, 2019 at 07:57:13 UTC


  • If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

Candidates from the Federal Skilled Trades Program, were eligible for this round of invitations.


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CRS score rangeNumber of candidates

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.

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