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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 September 2018 to the present 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:

  • Federal Skilled Workers Program
  • 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 Rounds 2019

Invitation Round and Date

Qualifying Federal Programs and/or PNP

CRS of Lowest Ranked Candidate

Invitations to Apply Issued

Tie-breaking rule date used

133 19-Dec-19 No Program Specified 469 3,200 14-Nov-19
132 11-Dec-19 No Program Specified 472 3,200 6-Dec-19
131 27-Nov-19 No Program Specified 471 3,600 11-Nov-19
130 13-Nov-19 No Program Specified 472 3,600 8-Oct-19
129 30-Oct-19 No Program Specified 475 3,900 29-Aug-19
128 11-Oct-19 Federal Skilled Trades 357 500 4-Mar-19
127  2-Oct-19 No Program Specified 464 3,900 20-Sep-19
126  18-Sep-19 No Program Specified 462 3,600 29-Aug-19
125  4-Sep-19 No Program Specified 463 3,600 23-Aug-19
124  20-Aug-19 No Program Specified 457 3,600 24-Mar-19
123  12-Aug-19 No Program Specified 466 3,600 6-Aug-19
122  24-Jul-19 No Program Specified 459 3,600 25-May-19
121  10-Jul-19 No Program Specified 460 3,600 11-Jun-19
120  26-Jun-19 No Program Specified 462 3,350 11-May-19
119  12-Jun-19 No Program Specified 465 3,350 6-Jun-19
118  29-May-9 No Program Specified 470 3.350 23-May-19
117  15-May-19 Federal Skilled Trades 332 500 29-Aug-18
116  1-May-19 No Program Specified 450 3,350 5-Nov-18
115  17-Apr-19 No Program Specified 451 3.350 2-Apr-19
114  3-Apr-19 No Program Specified 451 3,350 9-Jan-19
113  20-Mar-19 No Program Specified 452 3,350 7-Feb-19
112  6-Mar-19 No Program Specified 454 3,350 11-Feb-19
111  20-Feb-9 No Program Specified 457 3,350 6-Dec-18
110  30-Jan-19 No Program Specified 438 3,350 16-Apr-18
109  23-Jan-19 No Program Specified 443 3,900 2-Jan-19
108  10-Jan-19 No Program Specified 449 3,900 2-Jan-19

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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