Canada’s Largest Express Entry Draw of 2018

On 13th June 2018 Canada conducted its ever biggest draw of year 2018 issuing 3,750 ITA’s at a CRS cut-off 451. This draw was an all-program invitation round.

The tie-breaker rule was applied in this draw as well. The tie-break date and time for this latest invitation round was July 21, 2017 at 07:01:28 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 451, as well as those candidates with scores of 451 who submitted their profile before the specified tie-break date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

The ITA’s issued since the beginning of 2018 has gradually increased starting from 2,750 ITA’s to 3,000 ITA’s and then 3500 ITA’s were issued till the month of May.

*Draw #11 was a program-specific draw

To complete its target of 2018 which is 74,900 and target set for 2019 is 81,400 looks like Canada IRCC has decided to increase its number of Invitations.

While larger draw sizes can have the effect of lowering the minimum CRS score, the time between draws is also an important factor that can have an impact on scores.

Today’s draw was the first all-program invitation round to take place since May 23 and a program-specific draw that got conducted on May 30. The three weeks that gone between the May 23 all-program draw and this latest invitation round contributed to the higher minimum CRS score in today’s draw.

Three weeks is longer than the usual time between draws, which has typically been two weeks in 2018.

More time between draws allows the Express Entry pool to reload, which can have the effect of raise the minimum score. More frequent invitation rounds, meanwhile, can cut the number of new arrivals in the Express Entry pool between draws.

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