136th Express Entry Draw: 3,500 Invitations Announced for Canadian PR -7th February, 2020

136th Express Entry Draw

In the 5 February 2020 Express Entry draw 3,500 candidates were issued with Invitations to Apply (ITAs). The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) was 472 points score. It is an all-program draw, so contestants in any Federal Express Entry associated program are eligible.

In the past draw, which happened on 22 January 2020, the cut-off CRS was 471 points score. The tie-breaking rule was appealed for the 5 February 2020 draw, indicating that not all candidates with CRS 472 points score will receive an Invitation to apply. As many candidates have the same 472 points score, those aspirants who submitted their profile to the Express Entry pool before 30 January 2020 and at 07:36:26 UTC will get priority for Invitation to apply for Canada PR.

Expected CRS Score in the Future Express Entry Draws

The cut-off CRS score is dependent on several different factors, so it is not possible to foretell with 100% accuracy as the score may vary in future draws. However, we can analyze the available information for the year 2020.

The two most important aspects of data that impact the current cut-off CRS score are:

  1. The cumulative number of immigration applicants in the Express Entry pool: 142,491 as of 31 January 2020.
  2. The cumulative number of immigration applicants in the Express Entry pool with a score varying from 451-600 CRS points: 19,861 as of 31 January 2020.

Both of these numbers are very high, indicating that the Federal Express Entry is more attractive than ever. The demand for the program is resulting in a raise of candidates in the competing range which is making the cut-off CRS score upward.

For the cut-off CRS score to drop to less than 450 points, all of the 19,861 applicants with a score over 450 points would have to be invited from the Express Entry pool, or have their cut-off CRS score drop. 

There are a variety of factors that may impact the cut-off CRS score, including:

  • The number of competitors invited;
  • The draws recurrence;
  • The number of new competitors accessing the Express Entry pool; and
  • Improvements in the CRS scores of contemporary candidates, whose scores may rise or drop depending on their circumstances.
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