Canada PR Express Entry Draw 14th March 2018
The Fifth draw of year 2018 has taken place in the month of March and the result is out, this month CRS cut-off has come out to 456, with 3,000 ITA issued as on date 14th March 2018.
This draw took place after a gap of three weeks from the previous draw of 21st February 2108, where as the previous draws this year took place at an interval of two weeks.
With this fluctuation, this year draws have also seen fluctuation in Invitations to Apply issued between 2,750 and 3,000 and CRS scores range between today’s high of 456 and 442, which was the lowest score drawn by far in 2018.
Given these fluctuations, it is interesting to think when the next draw will occur and what the minimum CRS score will be.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) once again used its tie-break rule in this latest draw. In this case, the time and date of the tie-break was March 3, 2018, at 02:12:11 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 456, as well as those candidates with scores of 456 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this time, received an ITA.
With the Canadian government’s new multi-year immigration levels plan for 2018, the government aims at a target of 74,900 immigrants through the three economic immigration classes administered through the Express Entry system — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.
There has been a notable change in the number of admissions of target this year as compared to th
e last year target for 2017. In year 2018 target for the three Express Entry classes are 3,200 more admissions than the target for 2017, which saw a total of 86,023 ITA issued through express entry and a record low CRS score of 413 in May. April and May 2017 also saw the biggest draws conducted that year with the largest ITA’s being issued on April 12, which were 3,923 in number.
IRCC still has a long way to go toward reaching its 2018 and 2019 targets. Including the March 14 draw, Canada has by far issued a total of 14,500 ITA in 2018. It remains to see how the Government of Canada will meet its targets. It could mean larger draws or more frequent draws, low CRS cut-offs or some other approach.
Express Entry candidates have also been in an advantage of an active start to 2018 for Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream.
This Express Entry-linked stream, which is part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), allows the
province to search the Express Entry pool for candidates with a CRS score of at least 400, among other criteria.
Ontario held three draws in February through the Human Capital Priorities Stream, issuing a total of 1,088 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to Express Entry candidates. At the start of 2018, a total of 1,808 invitations have been issued to Express Entry candidates through the stream.
Express Entry candidates who successfully apply for a provincial nomination is also awarded an extra 600 points which are add up to their CRS score.
Express Entry-linked PNP in Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia have also been active so far this year.