Express Entry Draw: CRS Score Drops Again

Canada again breaks the ceiling with its record-breaking invitations to the Express Entry candidates. The total invitations now have touched the figure of 107,350. 

Also, the CRS dipped again from the previously held two draws. The minimum CRS score requirement for getting an invitation was 468 in the draw held on 23 December 2020. 

5000 applicants were invited to this draw with the CRS of 468 and above.  

This CRS requirement in this draw was slightly lower than the draw held on 9 December 2020 when the minimum requirement was 469 CRS score. 

This year has been a record-breaking year for Canadian Immigration as the number of invitation has reached 107350 in total. 

This draw has been the fourth consecutive draw in which the number of invitations touched 5000 for Canada Permanent Residency Visa. If we look at the statistics, there has been a constant increase in the number of ITAs issued in the all program draw of Express Entry since the draw held on 2 September 2020.  

Apart from the stringent travel restrictions and the coronavirus pandemic, the Canadian Government has conducted program-specific draws. Even though the situation of COVID-19 was not getting a handle on, the IRCC even then facilitated the smooth functioning of immigration and PR visas for skilled workers and permanent residents. 

As we all know that Express Entry program is an application management system that hordes three federal economic classes, they are:

Federal Skilled Worker Program

Federal Skilled Trades Program

Canadian Experience Class

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates also get the CRS score based on factors like education, working experience, age, and language proficiency. 

The score getting candidate is then issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). This ITA is then used to apply for a Canada Permanent Residency (PR) Visa. 

If there is a tie between candidates, then IRCC issues a tie-breaker rule. In this draw, the tie-breaker was used for the CRS score of 468. The applicant who has submitted the Express Entry profile before 4th June 2020 in the time frame of 13:39:44 UTC, has been entitled to receive an ITA with the CRS score of 468.

There is a trend that can be seen in the recent draws was the decrease in the CRS score in four consecutive draws. The trend explanation can also be made from the fact that IRCC has held regular draws in the time period of two weeks and also issuing the highest number of ITAs. 

In the recent immigration targets announced by the Canadian Immigration department for Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Canada has expressed a desire to get high admissions for Canadian citizenship. Also, this year has broken the record of sending more than 100,000 ITA in the Express Entry draw since its launch in the year 2015.

There are a number of provincial nominee streams that are interlinked with Express Entry and have been active in recent weeks. 

Provinces like Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, and Manitoba have been participating in the Express Entry linked provincial draw for four consecutive weeks.

There is also an added benefit with the provincial nomination as the candidate will be awarded an additional 600 CRS score which will make them move to the front row for an ITA. 

The 600 points that are awarded give applicants the boost which is actually in CRS score and this in return helps them make the cut-off for the Express Entry federal draw. 

These 600 points that are awarded to the candidates prove to be valuable to candidates with lower CRS scores who have yet to make the cut-off in a federal Express Entry draw.

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