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Monitoring the 2018 to Jan 2019 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, Jennifer Aranda

Monitoring the 2018 to Jan 2019 Cut Off

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

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 2018-2019 Expres Entry cut-off dates and CRS scores

Federal Skilled Workers ProgramUnless 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 applicants submitted their Express Entry profiles.

The lowest CRS points set were in 2017 during the 65th and 62rd draws on 31 May and 17 May respectively when the CRS points of the lowest ranked candidate was 413 and 415 respectively. Contrast this with the CRS points of the lowest ranked candidate in the pool when it started on January 2015 - set at 886 when only 779 invitations were issued.

 

Invitation Round and Date

Qualifying Federal Programs and/or PNP

CRS of Lowest Ranked Candidate

Invitations to Apply Issued

Tie-breaking rule date used

108  10Jan19

No Program Specified

449

3,900

02Jan2019

107 19Dec18

NPS*

439

3,900

06Feb2018

106 12Dec18

NPS

445

3,900

28Nov2018

105 28Nov18

NPS

445

3,900

22Oct2018

104 15Nov18

NPS

449

3,900

16Sep2018

103 29Oct18

NPS

442

3,900

16Oct2018

102 15Oct18

NPS

440

3,900

18Sep2018

101 03Oct18

NPS

445

3,900

02Oct2018

100 24Sep18

Federal Skilled Trades

284

400

18Feb2018

99  19Sep18

NPS

441

3,500

06Sep2018

98  05Sep18

NPS

440

3,900

20Apr2018

97  27Aug18

NPS

440

3,750

21Feb2018

96  08Aug18

NPS

440

3,750

31Jan2018

95  25Jul18

NPS

441

3,750

31Dec2017

94  11Jul18

NPS

442

3,750

26Jun2018

93  25Jun18

NPS

442

3,750

28Jan2018

92  13Jun18

NPS

451

3,750

21Jul2017

91  30May18

Federal Skilled Trades

Provincial Nominee

288

902

500

200

07Jun2017

23Mar2018

90  23May18

NPS

440

3,500

30Dec2017

89  09May18

NPS

441

3,500

12Dec2017

88  25Apr18

NPS

441

3,500

08Dec2017

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;
  • 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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