Canada conducts a Large Express Entry Draw - Invites 3,600 Candidates

Canada conducts a Large Express Entry Draw - Invites 3,600 Candidates

On July 24, the Express Entry system held a new invitation round and issued 3,600 invitations to the applying candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 459. 

The facts

There was a decrease in cut-off score over the previous draw held on July 10th, with a single point. The draw was the second that consecutively issued 3,600 invitations to apply to get permanent residence in Canada. Another notable fact is that in the 10 Express Entry-(all program) draws conducted between January 30 and June 26, there was a cap of 3,350 ITAs, which is not the norm now.

Express Entry system in Canada manages the profiles of immigration candidates for its main economic-class programs which are:

  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Federal Skilled Worker Class
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class

All these Candidates get a rank that is based on the score as per the Comprehensive Ranking System after considering age, skilled work experience, education, and language proficiency in English/French.

The Express Entry System way of working

It works when a specific number of top ranked candidates get an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence, or ITA, through regular draws from the pool and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada aims to process applications for permanent residence in a period lesser than 6 months.

The draw held recently continued the trend of a decline in the CRS cut-off score in each of the past three draws. The reason here is the regularity of holding draws at two-week intervals by IRCC since the May 2019.

The time gap between two draws is important and also has an effect on the CRS score. A short interval means fewer candidates to enter the profile in the Express Entry pool. The size of the Draw size is important as it helps to determine the CRS cut-off with a focus on more candidates.

Additionally a large draws, allow IRCC to reach the depth of the pool and candidates with a low CRS scores can successfully receive the ITA.


IRCC has till date issued 49,000 ITAs in 2019. Canada has an expanded target for admissions in the three programs managed by Express Entry and also in the Provincial Nominee Programs, partially managed by Express Entry. Now experts are anticipating that IRCC is positioned to exceed the ITA issuing record of 89,800 set in 2018.

Express Entry-linked PNPs

Many provincial nominee streams with a link to the Express Entry were active in the recent period. All Express Entry candidates receiving the provincial nomination get 600 additional points boosting their CRS score and subsequently move ahead in the line to get an ITA. These points are valuable to candidates who score lesser in the federal Express Entry draws.

Several provincial nominee streams do not give any consideration to the candidates who have a CRS score below the cut-off scores of federal draws.

Ontario, Manitoba, PEI and British Columbia were very active and also invited Express Entry candidates for submitting their applications to seek the provincial nomination.

The Ontario province held its first Tech Draw through the Human Capital Priorities Stream, and also issued 1,623 invitations to EE candidates with a CRS score ranging between 439 and 459. Another requirement was work experience in six occupations, related to technology.

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