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New Express Entry draw continues record low start to 2018 CRS cut-off score of 444 in latest Express Entry draw and 2,750 candidates invited to apply

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

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

As with the the five previous draws, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) employed a tie-break rule. In this case, the time and date of the tie-break was January 17, 2018 at 12:33:00 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 444, as well as those candidates with scores of 444 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this time, will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Both the first and second draws of 2018 already have CRS scores well below the first two draws of 2017, which went on to set a number of Express Entry records.

Sixteen draws over the first half of 2017 eventually led to a record low CRS cut-off score of 413 on May 31.

As part of its three-year immigration levels plan unveiled last November, IRCC has set an admissions target of 74,900 for Express Entry for 2018, an increase of 3,200 over its target for 2017.

If the higher admissions target for 2018 translates into more frequent draws, that could also mean further record-breaking CRS cut-off scores.

To find out if you are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool, fill out a FREE assessment form today.

The start of 2018 has also seen activity among Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams in Manitoba and Ontario. Such PNPs are becoming an increasingly popular fast-track option for Express Entry candidates.

On January 22, Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream issued 340 Notifications of Interest to Express Entry candidates who had submitted 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 candidates who have also submitted a profile with the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 CRS points, putting them well within reach of an ITA in a subsequent draw.

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

Chetan is 35 years old, and has been working as a management consultant for four years. He has an MBA and has written the IELTS and obtained a score of 8 in each category. While Chetan 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.

Leo 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 an adequate intermediate English language proficiency, and before coming to Canada, he worked for one year as a retail manager overseas. Leo recently got married to Elisa, 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. Leo’s CRS score of 444 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA during the January 24 draw.

“Today’s CRS cut-off may not be a big drop over the previous draw, but it’s a better start than any previous year under the Express Entry system,” said Attorney David Cohen, senior partner with the Canadian immigration law firm Campbell, Cohen. “Even 2017 started much higher, and it eventually saw a CRS low of 413.”

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To find out if you are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool, fill out a FREE assessment form today.

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8 thoughts on “New Express Entry draw continues record low start to 2018 CRS cut-off score of 444 in latest Express Entry draw and 2,750 candidates invited to apply

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    What's there in a name

    We had a good income in our country. We came to Canada for better prospects but we are suffering for basic bread n butter over here. Forget about clothing. Why the clear pics are not shown to the immigrants as the country cannot provide a job to many n we are such victims of unemployment

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    Rohan

    Lets hope the CRS score comes down less than 413 seen last year.The system should fairly select candidates with high IELTS scores (CLB9/10) because a lot of hard work has gone into it.

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    Adan

    am very glad this opportunity and
    i say Canada is biggest country and i would like to get education
    thank you the best regards

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    caroline Osuagwu

    Great job for the update. How can people who have no clue on how to go about their migration benefit from this platform?

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    Nesta Zik

    That is very great. God bless Canada for their hospitality and kind gesture towards the people of the world.

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    Hawanttie

    Wish to live in Canada with my family one of the best country to for kids to grow up and to live in i love Canada!

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    ELOISA T. DELA CRUZ

    im interested praying that im qualified…tnx and god speed

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    Joseph Browning

    I added up all of last year’s draws and it looks like around 85,000 people were sent invitations. If they only hit their target for this year, that means about a 10%-13% reduction in invitations. Do you expect them to exceed their target again this year to generate lower invitation numbers?

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