Express Entry Round of May 18 has issued 3,515 invitations to 440 or higher scores for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System.
Express Entry draw cut-offs tend to plummet as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invites more CEC-specific candidates to apply for Permanent Residency. Today's draw was the largest CEC-specific Express Entry draw since May 1, and the second-largest since mid-March, after Canada introduced special coronavirus measures.
Summary of the latest draw
Draw date: May 28, 2020.
Draw number: 150
Program: Canadian Experience Class
Number of candidates invited: 3515
The minimum score required to get ITA: 440
Tie-breaking Rule: before March 7, 2020, at 10:36: 59 UTC (candidates who submitted their profiles before this time and date with CRS score 440 and above have received ITAs)
The number of invitations issued so far this year: 42,100.
The May 28 draw continued a trend which had seen the decrease in the cut-off CRS score in each of the last six CEC draws held since the last all-program draw on March 4, 2020. This phenomenon can be partly explained by the fairly regular interval and frequency between draws observed by IRCC over the last two months.
Draw time is an important factor that can affect the CRS cut-off score. Shorter intervals between draws will make fewer applicants enter their profiles in the Express Entry system.
The previous cut off score was 447 from May 15th draw which was the lowest cut off point previously. The current cut off score has 7 points lesser than that of the previous draw.
May 28th CEC draw was the second 24-hour round of invitations for Canadian permanent residence to issue Invitations to Apply (ITAs). The draw which took place on May 27 issued 385 invitations to Provincial Nominated Express Entry candidates. For those candidates, the minimum CRS score was 757.
Applicants for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in the Express Entry pool receive an additional 600 points on top of their original score for human capital. That's why the minimum score requirement for the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is usually much higher for draws like the one that happened yesterday.
Major changes have been made to Canada's immigration policies and procedures since March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Despite that fact, the Express Entry system has remained operational, and candidates can still submit a profile.
During the last two months, IRCC held a total of twelve Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program Draws. These two categories of people are likely to be in Canada already, hence there will be no impact of current travel restrictions on them.