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1st Express Entry Draw of Year Reveals Historic Low Cut-off Total, Chances of Lower CRS Totals in Future High

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With the 1st Express Entry Draw of the New Year divulging historic low cut-off score, the possibility of even lower CRS scores in the future cannot be ruled out.

In a draw that was the first of what is expected to be a busy inaugural half of 2018, for the Canadian Express Entry system, Ottawa has reportedly sent invites to 2,750 aspirants for Express Entry, to submit an application for Permanent Residence (PR) in the nation.
For the draw that occurred recently on January 10, 2018 to be precise—446 was the cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) total. Significantly, the score is not any different from what one saw in the preceding draw that happened on December 20. The claim that the same represents the lowest CRS cut-off for a first draw of the year since the Express Entry system became effective in January 2015 cannot be dismissed.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) once more employed the tie-break laws in the draw. While the tie-break time and date was November 18, 2017, at 6:30:42 UTC; the identical period in 2017 witnessed 16 draws and the CRS cut-off scores that nose-dived to an unparalleled 413 in May, from 468 in the first draw of the year.

Against the backdrop of the nation’s bigger Express Entry goals fixed for this year, besides its goals for the expanded Family Class and Provincial Nominee Programme (PNP), the IRCC sees to have its hands completely full in 2018. In the three economic immigration classes of Express Entry alone, Ottawa has boosted its target admissions by an impressive 3,200 over the year gone by, which witnessed many Express Entry landmarks being established.
Talking of 2017, not only did it post the lowest cut-off CRS scores hitherto, but it also observed 30 draws occur, and a historic total of 86,023 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) being doled-out. As if this weren’t enough, check this: the figure talked about is as high as 56% of the 153,618 ITAs proffered since Express Entry came into force.

Given the IRCC’s higher ITA goals fixed for this year, the chances are pretty high that this will turn into larger or more regular draws from the Express Entry pool in the next year, or maybe even both. And that may well signify even lower cut-off CRS totals in the future.

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