Minimum Score for the All Program Express Entry Draw Drops by 1 Point

On September 30,2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 4,200 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in its most recent all-program draw.

The minimum score in today’s draw was 471, 1 point lower than the previous all-program draw, the biggest drop in CRS score since all-program draws resumed in July. As per the tie breaking applied in this invitation round, all the candidates with a CRS score of 471 and above who have submitted their profile before March 2,2020 and 12:37:25 UTC are expected to receive an ITA.

In the September 16th invitation round held earlier this month, candidates needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 472 to be invited. The latest Express Entry draw was the fifth all-program draw since March 18 and the 164th overall held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The Comprehensive Ranking System is a score out of 1,200 used to benchmark federal economic applicants against one another. It’s a part of the Express Entry system, which was established in January 2015 to process permanent residence applications. The CRS points are calculated on for factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

The CRS score is used as a cut-off point in Express Entry draws. To enter the pool, candidates must be eligible under either the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class, or Federal Skilled Trades Class.

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