Canada’s Immigration Office has invited 3,000 Express Entry applicants to apply for permanent residence in a draw that took place on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
The total of 3,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) that were issued in this latest draw is also the same as the February 7 draw. This marks the second consecutive draw in which 3,000 candidates were invited to apply. Both these draws saw the number of ITAs issued increase by 250 over the previous five draws, cicnews reports
The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking Score for the February 21 draw was 442. The cut-off score of 442 is the same as the February 7 draw.
What does this mean?
This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 442, as well as candidates with scores of 442 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this time, will receive an ITA.
This attest to the fact that CRS plays a crucial role in determining who makes it to next round of application.
This latest Express Entry draw follows a busy start of the year for Canada’s Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). A recent example is Ontario, which conducted its largest invitation round yet of 2018 through its Human Capital Priorities Stream.
This stream allows Ontario to search the Express Entry pool for candidates with a CRS score of at least 400, among other criteria. The February 13 draw saw Ontario issue Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to 488 Express Entry candidates.
Express Entry candidates who receive an NOI can apply for a provincial nomination by Ontario. If successful, they get an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, putting an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence well within reach.
Canada has set higher admission targets for 2018 through Express Entry and its PNPs. Both were highlighted by Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, in a recent update on the 2018 levels.