Minimum Score for the All Program Express Entry Draw Drops by 3 Points

On September 16,2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 4,200 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in its most recent all-program draw.

The minimum score in the September 16th draw was 472, 3 points lower than the previous all-program draw, the biggest drop in CRS score since all-program draws resumed in July.

In the September 2nd invitation round held last month, candidates needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 475 to be invited. The latest Express Entry draw was the fourth all-program draw since March 18 and the 163rd 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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