March 6, 2019 Express Entry Draw
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3,350 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a new draw that took place March 6.
Candidates with scores as low as 454 were issued Invitations to Apply for permanent residence (ITAs) in this round. The cut-off CRS score of 454 was a decrease of three points over the minimum score of 457 in the previous invitation round held on February 20. The cut-off score reached 457 after a delay of three weeks between invitation rounds, and today’s decrease to 454 is likely due to the fact only two weeks elapsed between draws.
Less time between draws means the Express Entry pool has less time to replenish with higher-scoring candidates, which can have the effect of lowering the cut-off score.
IRCC applied the tie-break rule and the time published was February 11, 2019, at 17:21:27 UTC. This means that all candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 454 and above who created an Express Entry profile before the posted date and time received an ITA in the March 6 draw.
The Express Entry system manages the pool of Canadian immigration candidates for three of Canada’s federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Trades Class.
Candidate profiles are assigned a score based on the CRS, which considers factors such as age, education, work experience and language abilities in one or both of Canada’s official languages (English and French).
A candidate’s CRS score is dynamic and may be improved. See Tips to Improve your CRS Points.
After obtaining an ITA, candidates have 60 days to submit a complete permanent residence application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.