New Express Entry Draw marked the Lowest CRS for CEC candidates since 2017
In the latest Canada’s Express Entry draw cut-off scores see yet another drop in CRS scores. The new Express Entry round issued 3,559 invitations to CEC candidates on June 11. This was lowest CRS for CEC Candidates since 2017.
Latest cut-off score of 437 is a decrease of three points from the previous CEC draw on May 28, which had a minimum score of 440 and was the lowest CRS requirement of 2020. That draw was also the largest CEC-specific Express Entry draw since May 1st, and the second-largest since Canada introduced special coronavirus measures in the middle of March.
This Express Entry Draw meant that this Lowest CRS for CEC can further fall to lowest as this has been a trend in upcoming express entry draws.
Another 341 ITAs were issued to Express Entry candidates nominated through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Similarily on June 10. The minimum CRS score for these candidates was 743. In which 600 points were gifted due to Invitation for provincial Nomination Program.
Express Entry draw cut-offs continue to plummet as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invites a larger number of CEC-specific candidates.
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We have already witness that time between draws is an important factor that can have an effect on the CRS cut-off score. Shorter intervals between draws mean fewer candidates have time to enter a profile in the Express Entry pool.
June 11th draw continued a trend that has seen the cut-off CRS score decrease in each of the last seven CEC draws held since the last all-program draw on March 4, 2020.
Canada’s Express Entry system manages the profiles of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs — the
Candidates are ranked based on a score awarded under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that considers factors such as
- Skilled work experience and
- Language ability in English or French.
A set number of the highest-ranked candidates receive an ITA through regular draws from the pool and IRCC typically aims to process applications for permanent residence within six months.
IRCC applied its tie-break rule in this draw and the date and time used was May 25, 2020, at 00:31:43 UTC. This means that all CEC candidates with a CRS score of at least 437 who submitted their profile before this date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.
June 11th draw brings the total ITAs issued in 2020 to 46,000. Still ahead of the number of ITAs issued at this time last year and the year before.
Despite the fact that Canada’s immigration policies and procedures have undergone major changes since March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the Express Entry system has remained operational and candidates can still submit a profile.
IRCC has held a total of thirteen
- Canadian Experience Class and
- Provincial Nominee Program
draws over the past two months.
Both categories of applicants are more likely to already be in Canada than those arriving through other Express entry-linked programs, which means they will not be impacted by the current travel restrictions.