On March 26, 2018, the IRCC invited 3,000 candidatesÂ to apply for permanent residence who were in the Express Entry poolÂ and had a CRS score of 446+.Â Â This is nowÂ the 4th drawÂ in a row the IRCC has issued 3,000 invitations.Â It appears IRCC has changed their strategy around invitation numbers.Â Last year, all draw sizes varied and were odd numbers.Â This year, we have seen 5 draws of 2,750 and more recently, 4Â draws of 3,000.Â If this pattern repeats, we should see yet another draw size of 3,000 in the next draw.
Our firm anticipates more candidates to be selected in the coming draws which should result in lower CRS scores, possibly in theÂ 420Â – 430Â range by June.Â Last year did in fact seeÂ a new CRS low ofÂ 413 in June.
This year started with higher CRS scores due to the large number of candidates in the pool with PNP nominations.Â In the previous draw, there were 2,200 people in the pool with a PNP, which resulted in a higher CRS score.Â As can be seen by the distribution chart below, there were 50% fewer PNP candidates in this draw, resulting in a lower CRS.Â We anticipate in the next draw or two, the score will decline further (possibly into the mid to high 430s).Â A combination of higher draw sizes (3,300+) and fewer PNP candidate in the pool will help lower the CRS score further as we approach the summer.
In 2018, 85,000 people are expected to beÂ selected in Express Entry system, under the Federal Skilled Worker program.Â Â
Matkowsky and Associates
First published at https://www.matkowsky.ca/single-post/2018/03/31/Express-Entry-Draw–March-26-2018-446-CRS-score