After 6 week delay, Express Entry Draws Resume
After a 6 week pause, the IRCC has resumed the Express Entry draws and invited 3,409 candidates today. Candidates with a score of 449 points and higher were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
The increase in the CRS score for this draw is a direct result of a 6 week delay, as well as an unusually large number of candidates with PNP nominations. Typically, draws are held every 2 to 3 weeks, with 3,000 - 4,000 candidates invited during each round. With the recent draw delay of 6 weeks, candidates have accumulated in the Express Entry pool, some with higher scores. Our firm anticipates that once the backlog created by the draw delay is worked through, the CRS score will decline to its previous range of 420 - 430 points.
Candidates who are interested to immigrate to Canada, are encouraged to start the process soon to take advantage of the lower scores which are anticipated in the next month or two.
To calculate your Express Entry score, use our Express Entry CRS Calculator. Candidates with a score of at least 400 points are strong candidates and encouraged to apply. If you don't score enough points, you may be eligible to apply to a PNP program based on an In-Demand Occupation. Candidates who are granted a PNP nomination are awarded 600 points to add to their Express Entry score, guaranteeing to be selected to apply for PR. If you are currently not eligible to apply or not a strong candidate based on a low CRS score, you may consider studying in Canada as a pathway to PR.