ANOTHER RECORD LOW START TO 2018 EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW

CRS cut-off score of 444 in the most recent Express Entry draw and 2,750 competitors welcomed to apply.

The Government of Canada has welcomed 2,750 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence in a draw that occurred January 24.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score for this draw was 444, a decrease of two points from the past Express Entry draw on January 10, which had a CRS cut-off score of 446.

Similarly as with the five past draws, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) utilized a tie-break run the show. For this situation, the time and date of the tie-break was January 17, 2018 at 12:33:00 UTC. This implies all applicants with a CRS score over 444, and those applicants with scores of 444 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this time, will get an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Both the first and second draws of 2018 as of now have CRS scores well below the initial two draws of 2017, which went ahead to set various Express Entry records.

Sixteen draws over the first half of 2017 in the long run prompted a record low CRS cut-off score of 413 on May 31.

As a feature of its three-year immigration levels plan revealed last November, IRCC has set an admissions target of 74,900 for Express Entry for 2018, an expansion of 3,200 over its objective for 2017.

In the event that the higher admission targets for 2018 converts into more successive draws that could likewise mean further record-breaking CRS cut scores.

The start of 2018 has likewise observed action among Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams in Manitoba and Ontario. Such PNPs are turning into an inexorably prominent quick track choice for Express Entry applicants.

On January 22, Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream issued 340 Notifications of Interest to Express Entry candidates who had presented their profile between January 1 and January 19. On January 11, Manitoba’s Express Entry Pathway issued 155 Letters of Advice to Apply to Express Entry applicants who have likewise presented a profile with the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination get extra 600 CRS points, putting them well inside reach of an ITA in a resulting draw.

Here’s an example of fictional candidates who would have met the CRS cut-off threshold in this latest draw:

Sameer is 35 years old, and has been working as a management consultant for four years. He has completed his MBA and has written the IELTS and obtained a score of 8 in each category. While Sameer has never worked or studied in Canada, his CRS score of 445 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA during the January 24 draw.

Farhan is 29 years old and has been working in Canada for two years as a programmer since completing his bachelor’s degree in Alberta. Leo has adequate intermediate English language proficiency, and before coming to Canada, he worked for one year as a retail manager overseas. Farhan recently got married to Amyna, who has a bachelor’s degree from overseas, as well as an adequate intermediate English language proficiency in speaking and listening, plus an initial intermediate proficiency in reading and writing. Farhan’s CRS score of 444 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA during the January 24 draw.

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