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Canadian Express Entry’s cut-off CRS score goes below 470 for the first time in 2020.

For the first time this year, the required Canadian Express Entry’s cut-off score has gone below 470. Until now, the CRS requirement has been above 470 for all program draws this year. In a recent Express Entry invitation draw which took place on November 25th, candidates were required to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 469. A total of 5,000 invitations were sent to Express Entry candidates, which ties this draw for the largest number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued in a single draw.

The Canadian express entry is an online system that is used to manage the applications of skilled workers for permanent residence and identifying which of them are eligible for the invite.
Express Entry oversees Canada’s three main economic classes, which are – the Federal Skilled Workers Program, The Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. ITA’s are issued to a certain number of top-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pools to apply for their permanent residence in the regular draws that usually takes place every two weeks and incorporates the vast majority of candidates from the three main economic classes managed by express entry.

In the process of selecting candidates to be invited for permanent residence, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score remains the top priority and the primary factor. CRS is the scoring system that reviews the profiles of applicants and determines which of them are eligible for an Express Entry invite. The cut-off CRS score can be influenced by certain factors such as the size of the draw and period between draws. This implies that the CRS cut-off score would be lower if the pool size is bigger and if there is less time between two draws and vice-versa. Factors such as age, education, skilled work experience, and proficiency in English and French also play a major role in determining the CRS score.

Canada has already invited a record-breaking 92,000 immigration candidates to apply for their permanent residence in 2020 via the Express Entry system. In December, two more Express Entry draws are expected, after which the total immigration candidates to apply for their permanent residence in Canada is expected to be more than 100,000 in 2020.

The drop in the required cutoff CRS can be to help Canada reach its immigration goals and surpass the mark of inviting 100,000 total immigration candidates to apply for their permanent residence, which it has never achieved since the introduction of Express Entry in the year 2015.

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