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New Express Entry draw continues trend of 3,750 ITAs

The Government of Canada has invited 3,750 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a draw held on July 11. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score for this draw was 442.

Today’s minimum score is the same as the previous invitation round on June 25 and the 3,750 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued is the same as the last two draws, held on June 13 and June 25.

The tie-break date and time used in this draw was June 26, 2018, at 13:18:55 UTC. This means that all candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score above 442, as well as those candidates with scores of 442 who submitted their profile before this specified date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

The fact the minimum score did not change between draws, despite the large draw size, may be linked to the fact more than two weeks elapsed between the June 25 draw and today’s invitation round. More time between draws allows the Express Entry pool more time to replenish and can have the effect of elevating the cut-off CRS score.

The 3,750 ITAs issued in the previous three draws is the current high point of a trend established in late 2017 that has seen Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) employ draw sizes that remain the same over successive invitation rounds and then increase by increments of 250 or 500 roughly every two months.

Draw sizes began at 2,750 ITAs this year and have steadily increased to 3,000, 3,500 and now 3,750.