April 11th sees largest Express Entry draw of 2018

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3,500 candidates invited with CRS scores as low as 444. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has issued 3,500 invitations to apply to candidates in the Express Entry pool in a draw that took place on Wednesday, April 11th.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required to obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA) during this draw was 444.  The cut-off score is two points lower than the previous invitation round, which took place on March 26th and had a CRS minimum of 446. The March 26th draw took place 12 days after the previous invitation round on March 14 and saw the CRS cut-off score drop by 10 points over that previous invitation round.

April 11th draw broke the recent trend of 3,000 ITAs being issued, which was also the case in the four previous draws going back to February 7. The Government of Canada has issued 21,000 ITAs since the start of 2018.

The April 11th draw was the largest draw of the year. Larger draws, like this may help the government reach its higher Express Entry admission targets of a million immigrants by 2020. It will be interesting to watch how the Government of Canada will continue working towards the 2018 and 2019 targets. It could mean larger draws or more frequent draws, or maybe even lowering of CRS or some other approach.

Looking at last year, April 2017 was one of the busiest months for Express Entry with three draws and a total of 11,341 ITAs issued. The lowest CRS minimum cut-off score last April was 415. 

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