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Canada Express Entry Invites 3,350 for PR; Cut-off score drops

Express Entry Draw April 3 2019

In the latest Express Entry draw April 3 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 3,350 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence to Express Entry candidates with scores as low as 451.


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The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main federal economic immigration programs — Federal Skilled Worker ClassFederal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

The 3,350 ITAs issued in the April 3 draw bring the total issued in 2019 to 24,550.

The minimum score in the latest draw is one point lower than the cut-off score in the previous Express Entry invitation round on March 20, which was 452.

This was the third consecutive draw in which the cut-off score has gone down, a trend that may be attributed to the consistent two-week interval between draws. This marks the fifth consecutive draw in which IRCC issued 3,350 ITAs. Draw sizes, however, may increase in the coming weeks and months given Canada’s higher admissions targets for 2019 and 2020 for the three economic immigration classes managed by the Express Entry system.


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The tie-break used in the April 3 draw was set at January 9, 2019, at 07:35:09 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 451, as well as those candidates with scores of 451 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

Eligible candidates for each class are assigned a score under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and are entered into the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked accordingly.

A set number of the highest-ranked candidates are then issued an ITA through regular draws from the pool.

Find out if you are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool

Canada is currently ahead of the pace it had set in 2018, which finished with a record 89,800 ITAs issued. A look at ITA results by April 3 for both years shows 2019 ahead of 2018 by 7,050 ITAs.


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The following are hypothetical examples of candidates who would have obtained an ITA in the April 3 draw:

Ahmadis 34 and holds a master’s degree. She has been working for four years as a policy researcher. She has never studied or worked in Canada. Leslie took the IELTS and scored an 8 in each category. Her CRS score of 451 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA in the April 3 draw.

Sophiais 30, holds a bachelor’s degree and has an advanced English language proficiency. She has been working for five years as an administrative coordinator. She has never worked or studied in Canada. Camille also has a sister who is a permanent resident living in Edmonton. Camille’s CRS score of 451 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA in the latest draw.

Akeem and Moji are 35 and 39, married and have advanced English language abilities. Catherine holds a master’s degree and Jamel has a two-year post-secondary credential. They have never worked or studied in Canada. Catherine has been working for five years as an engineer. Catherine entered the Express Entry pool as the principal applicant and her CRS score of 451 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA in the April 3 draw.

See full details and results of the draw.

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