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March 20 Express Entry Draw CRS Score Drops Two Points

March 20 Express Entry Draw

The latest Express Entry draw conducted on March 20, 2019, saw Invitations to Apply (ITA) issued to 3,350 candidates. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 452, a drop of two points from the minimum score in the previous Express Entry draw held March 6.

A total of 21,200 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) have been issued in 2019 so far by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This is an increase of 6,700 over the 14,500 ITAs that Canada had issued at this same time in 2018 – a year in which IRCC issued a record total of 89,800 ITAS. 2019 is shaping up to beat that reacord.

IRCC again applied the tie-break rule and the time stamp for this draw was February 7, 2019, at 9:59:25 UTC. This means that all candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 452 and above who submitted an Express Entry profile before that date and time were issued an ITA in the latest invitation round.

Total Number of ITAs issued as of March 20

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It is anticipated that IRCC will set a new ITA record this year with higher 2019 and 2020 admission targets for the three Federal High Skilled Economic Immigration Categories managed by the Express Entry System- The Federal Skilled Worker Program, The Federal Skilled Trade Program, and The Canadian Experience Class.

Canada’s Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for three federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker ClassCanadian Experience Classand Federal Skilled Trades Class.

The eligible applicants are then entered into the Express Entry pool where they are ranked according to the several factors like age, educational qualification, work experience, and language ability factors. The highest ranking applicant is then invited to apply for Canada PR through regular CIC draws.


A candidate’s CRS score is dynamic, meaning Canadian immigration candidates may take steps to improve their ranking while in the Express Entry pool.


Candidates who receive an ITA have 60 days to submit a complete permanent residence application to IRCC.

Express Entry Program is the most popular pathway for applying for Canada Permanent Resident Visa. Check your eligibility chances by connecting with visa and immigration experts of Aptech Global by filling the Canada Assessment Form.

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