Canada immigration

Second Express Entry Draw in Less Than Two Weeks Sees 10-Point Drop in Cut-Off Score

Canada immigration numbers are increasing these days. It’s because the shortlisting Express Entry Points in draws as per the Canada comprehensive ranking system have been going down and down.

Now, the latest news is that the cut off score in the most recent Express Entry draw has dropped down to 446. This is even 10 points less than the cut off score in the last draw which happened in the second week of March. So, candidates who were not expecting to receive an ITA without the being able to manage the shortlisting score of 600 will get an ITA as per the latest draw. So, almost 3,000 recipients were selected in this draw to get an ITA. The Canadian government has set higher limits for selecting immigrants from the express entry pool. The government has planned to have at least 75,900 immigrants allowed to Canada through the three categories applicable under the Express Entry program. This is just a small number from the large target of 3,10,000 which has been announced for the year 2018  by the immigration minister of this country, Mr. Ahmed Hussen. The rest of the immigration target will be covered by the dependents of immigrants(87,000) and through PNPs(55,000) excluding that of Quebec (28,900). So, apparently, it’s hard to believe, but its only March, and the latest draw is the 6th draw conducted this year.

The kind of candidates who have received ITA this year also have relatives living in Canada, which has added to their express entry points. This kind of benefit has made for lack of any work experience held in Canada by such candidates.  Even candidates with good education like two bachelor’s degrees have received ITAs.


Express Entry system run by IRCC selects candidates for immigration under three categories of federal skilled worker, federal skilled trades, and Canadian experience class. The language ability of the candidate to speak and write English is important to all the three categories.

Work experience: Under the federal skilled worker program, the candidate should have a work experience of 1 year to get 9 points to be eligible to get 67 points to be able to immigrate. Within an experience of 6 or a higher number of years, he can get 15 points which are the highest, scored in this category.

As far as the age is concerned, the last age limit is 47. However, a candidate who is 47 years old can also immigrate, but it will be tough for him to get the 67 express entry points

Federal skilled trades program:

It’s important to have a job offer for a one-year period to be eligible. The candidate should also have a license issued by an agency in a territory or province of Canada to work in a certain skilled trade.

Canadian experience class:

This is applicable to those who have 1-year work experience in Canada. For example, if your company has sent you for an outstation position in Canada in the last three years, then you are eligible for this visa category of the express entry system.

This, work experience criterion can’t include any experience gained while serving as an intern in a Canadian company.

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