Declining CRS scores as ITA number increases

Following July 6th the all-program Express Entry draws have been resumed and since then Canada has hosted a total of 6 Express Entry draws with the latest one being on September 14th in which the IRCC Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada invited 3,250 candidates to apply.

The Express Entry is the most popular and prominent method to immigrate to Canada and since there are no specifications made about the programs in the all-program Express Entry draws the candidates are chosen from the (CEC) Canadian Experience Class the (FSWP) Federal Skilled Worker Program and the (FSTP) Federal Skilled Trades Program. Also, the minimum cut-off (CRS) Comprehensive Ranking System score during the recent draws was 510.

Moreover due to the number of ITAs increasing the minimum requirement for CRS has been decreasing. In the previous draws up till 31st August there were 250 more candidates receiving ITAs each time but in the draws held last week, there was an increase of 500 candidates. Similarly, there has been a gradual decline of eight to nine points in the minimum CRS needed in each draw however this time around the drop was only 6 points leaving the current minimum CRS score requirement at 510 from the original 557.

Canada welcomes almost 432,000 immigrants

 Following the beginning of 2022, Canada has welcomed over 300,000 new permanent residents and this number continues to rise. It is estimated that by the end of the year Canada will have broken its current record of entering 405,330 new immigrants in a year.

Up till now, 40,785 immigrants have been admitted through Express Entry and at its current pace, Canada is estimated to exceed its Immigration Levels Plan target of entering nearly 432,000 by the end of 2022.

 Moreover, the  IRCC has undertaken measures such as making the entire application process digital along with hiring 1,250 new staff members to facilitate these numbers. At the same time, Canada will push for more immigration in order to get more immigrants who could become a part of the workforce and fill up the historically large number of job vacancies in Canada and support the growth of its economy.

Developments of 2023

In order to better facilitate the lack of labor force in Canada, the IRCC is aiming to make a major change to Express Entry in 2023. Among the changes, the most notable will allow the department to issue ITAs to individuals with specific qualifications from groups they believe would be beneficial for the growth and support of Canada’s economy and labor force.

Express Entry explanation 

 It is a program that manages applications for three Canadian immigration programs which are the (CEC) Canadian Experience Class, the (FSWP) Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the (FSTP) Federal Skilled Trades Program. Candidates in the Express Entry pool who are from the (PNP) Provincial Nominee Program are already eligible for one of these programs.


The PNP uses the CRS to rank candidates and those who rank the highest receive an ITA and can apply for permanent residency if the candidate does apply an IRCC officer reviews the application to decide if their application should be accepted. The officer will also ask for biometrics and may also take an interview before making the decision of whether to approve your application or not.

Sixth all-program Express Entry draw hosted by Canada since July

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