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How to Qualify Under the Express Entry System: Monitoring the 2018 CRS Cut-off

Add to your CRS points to be one of thousands of candidates invited to apply for permanent residency and be among the million immigrants under Canada's Immigration Plan for 2018-2020.

Crispin Aranda, Agape Joyce Sison, Jennifer Aranda | Originally posted on July 19, 2018; updated November 9, 2018

How to Qualify Under the Express Entry System:  Monitoring the 2018 CRS Cut-off

Check out the step-by-step process on how you may upgrade your candidate profile and enhance your chance or being invited to be a permanent resident.  Also, you now only have 60 instead of the former 90-days to submit and complete your application after being invited. Click the link for the video presentation. you may pause, go over the details, then resume.  Repeat as often as you need to,  Enjoy!

 

Most of the successful new Canadian permanent residents in this three-year period, from 2018 to 2020, will likely 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.

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

If the program you are applying for 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 on where your application stands and what you can do to increase your own CRS score.

The 2018 cut-off dates and CRS scores

Round Number and Date Specific Programs  CRS Score of Lowest Ranked Candidate Number of ITAs Issued
103:  Oct. 29, 2018 No program specified 442 3,900
102:  Oct. 15, 2018 No program specified 440 3,900
101:  Oct. 3, 2018 No program specified 445 3,900
100: Sep. 24, 2018 Federal Skilled Trades 284 400
99:  Sep. 19, 2018 No program specified 441 3,500
98:  Sep. 5, 2018 No program specified 440 3,900
97:  Aug. 22, 2018 No program specified 440 3,750
96:  Aug. 8, 2018 No program specified 440 3,750
95:  Jul. 25, 2018 No program specified 441 3,750
94:  Jul. 11, 2018 No program specified 442 3,750
93:  Jun. 25, 2018 No program specified 442 3,750
92:  Jun. 13, 2018 No program specified 451 3,750
91:  May 30, 2018 Federal Skilled Trades Program; Provincial Nominee Program

FSTP: 288 

PNP: 902

FSTP: 500

PNP: 200

90:  May 23, 2018 No program specified 440 3,500
89:  May 9, 2018 No program specified 441 3,500
88:  Apr. 25, 2018 No program specified 441 3,500
87:  Apr. 11, 2018 No program specified 444 3,500
86:  Mar. 26, 2018 No program specified 446 3,000
85:  Mar. 14, 2018 No program specified 456 3,000
84:  Feb. 21, 2018 No program specified 442 3,000
83:  Feb. 7, 2018 No program specified 442 3,000
82:  Jan. 24, 2018 No program specified 444 2,750
81:  Jan. 10, 2018 No program specified 446 2,750

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

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

It's best to apply as soon as you have completed documentation.  In the event of a tie, the individual who files his application earlier has an edge over others who have the same CRS score.

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;
  • Take another language proficiency exam and aim to score high;
  • 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.

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer S. Aranda is the COO of IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc.

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