The 3,600 ITAs issued in the September 4 draw bring the total number issued in 2019 to 59,800, well on target for IRCC’s 2019 and 2020 admission targets. IRCC has issued 3,600 ITAs in each of the last five consecutive draws. With the latest draw, IRCC is 5,100 ITAs ahead of the 54,700 that it had issued at this same point in 2018.
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.
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.
Results: Rounds of invitations
Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – September 4, 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.