118th Express Entry Draw in Canada invites 3,350 Candidates for PR

May 30, 2019
Canada held a fresh Express Entry draw on May 29 and issued invitations to 3,350 candidates to obtain its permanent residence.  470, was the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score. Additionally, this was the first all-program draw in Express Entry since May 1st. It had the feature of a large number of invitations.

118th Express Entry Draw in Canada invites 3,350 Candidates for PR

Importance of this Draw

All-programs draws involve the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Class candidates, from the immigration categories administered by the Express Entry system. Moreover, the previous Express Entry draw of May 15 catered only to candidates, belonging to the Federal Skilled Trades Class, where it issued 500 ITAs.

The gap of a month between two draws, catering to all-programs, was the reason for the big cut-off score today. When there is a long period between two draws, the Express Entry pool gets more time for replenishing and has many top-scoring candidates. This moreover, raises the cut-off score.

Its features

Also, IRCC used the tie-break as a feature of the draw which was May 23, 2019, at 10:18:56 UTC. The candidates who had the CRS score of and more than 470, who had a profile in the Express Entry Pool prior to this date /time, received an ITA. Furthermore, with this draw, the total number of Invitations issued so far in 2019 is 35,100.

Canada increased the admissions target for 2019 to 81,400, for the Federal Skilled programs in the Express Entry system. There will also be an additional increase in the next two years.

All the candidates in Express Entry can opt for improving the CRS score in many ways. One of them is by getting a nomination in the Provincial Nominee Programs. Such successful candidates having the provincial nomination get 600 additional points, in the CRS score. This gives a guarantee, to get the invitation to apply for permanent residence.

Participating Provinces

Recently Express Entry candidates received invitations for provincial nominations, through immigration streams, aligned with Express Entry, in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. Taking a TEF Canada, or CELPIP/ IELTS exam, possessing advanced English proficiency, paves the way for obtaining an ITA. Finally having a relative or a sibling residing in Canada is helpful to obtain an ITA. Canada has a high admission target and experts feel that there will be frequent and large draws in the future.
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