CRS cut-off score drops to the lowest at 440 in CEC-specific Express Entry draw

In the latest Express Entry draw that exclusively targeted Canadian Experience Class(CEC) candidates, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) issued 3515 Invitations to Apply(ITAs) for permanent residence in Canada. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required to be invited in the draw was 440, the lowest so far this year.

The May 28 draw is also the second largest Express Entry draw ever since Canada introduced travel restrictions in the wake of COVID-19 on March 18. The draw is the continuation of an ongoing trend in which the CRS cut-off score has been decreasing in each of the six CEC-specific Express Entry draws held since the introduction of travel restrictions. Experts attribute this continued drop in CRS score requirements to the regular interval and frequency maintained between the Express Entry draws by the IRCC in the last two months.

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The CRS cut-off score of 440 means a drop by 7 points compared to the previous CEC-specific draw held on May 15 in which, the minimum required CRS score was 447.With the latest draw, the total number of ITAs issued by IRCC through Express Entry draws so far this year has touched 42100.

A tie-break rule was applied in the latest draw too, the time stamp given being March 7, 2020 at t 10:36: 59 UTC. It means the draw prioritized those candidates with a minimum CRS score of 440, who had submitted their Express Entry profiles before the said date and time.

Despite the crisis caused by COVID-19 outbreak, Canada has been conducting Express Entry draws regularly, though these draws have been targeting provincial nominees and CEC candidates alone, alternately. More than 12 such draws have been conducted in the past two months. The major reason can be that the vast majority of candidates belonging to these immigration categories would most probably be present in Canada at the time of receiving invitations and would not need to travel from abroad and be quarantined. However, the fact that Canada is still accepting and processing applications for permanent residence despite the current crisis gives hope for immigration candidates.

Express Entry draws held so far in 2020

Draw Number Date Number of ITAs issued Minimum CRS score
150 May 28 3515 440(CEC-specific draw)
149 May 27 385 757(PNP-specific draw)
148 May 15 3371 447(CEC-specific draw)
147 May 13 529 718(PNP-specific draw)
146 May 1 3311 452(CEC-specific draw)
145 April 29 589 692(PNP-specific draw)
144 April 16 3782 455 (CEC-specific draw)
143 April 15 118 808(PNP-specific draw)
142 April 9 3,294 464(CEC-specific draw)
141 April 9 606 698(PNP-specific draw)
140 March 23 3232 467 (CEC-specific draw)
139 March 18   668 720(PNP-specific draw)
138 March 4 3900 471
137 February 19 4500 470
136 February 5 3500 472
135 January 22 3400 471
134 January 8 3400 473

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