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Monitoring the 2019 Express Entry Rounds of Invitation CRS Points Cut-off

Check the cut-off CRS points for every draw from April 2018 to January 2019 and read tips on how you may improve your chance of being invited to apply for permanent residency under Canada's Express Entry system.

Crispin Aranda

Monitoring the 2019 Express Entry Rounds of Invitation CRS Points Cut-off

Improving your CRS points in the Express Entry selection system is knowing not only where the wind is blowing but also using the wind beneath you to let your scores soar higher,

Most of the successful new Canadian permanent residents in these three years, from 2018 to 2020, will be economic immigrants, coming in under the federal programs and provincial nominee programs using the Express Entry system. The federal programs are the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Class.

Besides applicants coming from overseas, a number will be foreign temporary workers and international students applying for permanent residence in Canada.

If you are applying to an immigration program that uses the Express Entry system to qualify candidates, we recommend checking the Comprehensive Ranking System (or CRS) score of the lowest-ranked applicant.  This way, you will have a good idea where your application stands and what you can do to increase your own CRS score.

Read our latest case study between two sets of applicants applying under the Federal Skilled Worker category and as an international student.

The 2018-2019 Express Entry cut-off dates and CRS scores

Unless otherwise specified, Express Entry Rounds described as "No program specified" means that applicants under the following economic streams were selected:

  • Provincial Nominee Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

It's best to apply as soon as you have completed documentation. Remember, in the event of a tie, the cut-off will be based on the date and time the candidates submitted their Express Entry profiles.

Invitation Round and Date

Qualifying Federal Programs and/or PNP

CRS of Lowest Ranked Candidate

Invitations to Apply Issued

Tie-breaking rule date used

121  10Jul19 No Program Specified 460 3,600 11Jun19
120  26Jun19 No Program Specified 462 3,350 11May19
119  12Jun19 No Program Specified 465 3,350 06Jun19
118  29May19 No Program Specified 470 3.350 23May19
117  15May19 Federal Skilled Trades 332 500 29Aug18
116  01May19 No Program Specified 450 3,350 05Nov18
115  17Apr19 No Program Specified 451 3.350 02Apr19
114  03Apr19 No Program Specified 451 3,350 09Jan19
113  20Mar19 No Program Specified 452 3,350 07Feb19
112  06Mar19 No Program Specified 454 3,350 11Feb19
111  20Feb19 No Program Specified 457 3,350 06Dec18
110  30Jan19 No Program Specified 438 3,350 16Apr18
109  23Jan19 No Program Specified 443 3,900 02Jan19
108  10Jan19 No Program Specified 449 3,900 02Jan19
107  19Dec18 No Program Specified 439 3,900 06Feb18
106  12Dec18 No Program Specified 445 3,900 28Nov18
105  28Nov18 No Program Specified 445 3,900 22Oct18
104  15Nov18 No Program Specified 449 3,900 16Sep18
103  29Oct18 No Program Specified 442 3,900 16Oct18
102  15Oct18 No Program Specified 440 3,900 18Sep18
101  03Oct18 No Program Specified 445 3,900 02Oct18
100  24Sep18 Federal Skilled Trades 284 400 18Feb18
99    19Sep18 No Program Specified 441 3,500 06Sep18
98    05Sep18 No Program Specified 440 3,900 20Apr18
97    27Aug18 No Program Specified 440 3,750 21Feb18
96    08Aug18 No Program Specified 440 3,750 31Jan18
95    25Jul18 No Program Specified 441 3,750 31Dec17
94    11Jul18 No Program Specified 442 3,750 26Jun18
93    25Jun18 No Program Specified 442 3,750 28Jan18
92   13Jun18 No Program Specified 451 3,750 21Jul17

91  30May18

Federal Skilled Trades

Provincial Nominee







90   23May18 No Program Specified 440 3,500 30Dec17
89   09May18 No Program Specified 441 3,500 12Dec17
88   25Apr18 No Program Specified 441 3,500 08Dec17


As you can see from the table above, the CRS cut-off has gotten progressively higher beginning in January 2019.  

Improve your immigration points!

To better your chances of getting higher points under the Comprehensive Ranking System or CRS, you may want to do any of the following:

  • Retake your language proficiency exam and aim to score higher;
  • Search for employment;
  • Take further studies in your home country or Canada.

And remember, some provincial nominee streams do not require you to have an Express Entry profile. You may want to check these from time to time and apply to the province directly.

Authors & Contributors

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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