Second Express Entry draw in five days invites candidates with CRS as low as 467

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3,232 invitations to apply are issued in the new Express Entry draw on March 23, 2020, and the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in this round was 467.

The program-specific draw was the second since 2015 to specifically target candidates in the Canadian Experience Class, which is open to foreign nationals with at least one year of work experience in Canada, among other criteria.

Canada’s main three categories are managed under the Express Entry System are: –

Candidates are ranked in the pool based on the CRS that considers 4 main factors: –

  1. Age
  2. Education
  3. Skilled work experience
  4. Proficiency in English or French

Additional CRS points are given to a Candidate if the candidate is having a job offer although it is now required to be eligible for Express Entry Invitation.

Highest ranked Candidates are invited to apply for Canada Permanent residence through Express Entry Draws from the pool. These Invitations round take place in every 2 weeks.

The minimum CRS score depends on factors including the number of candidates in the Express Entry pool, the time between draws and the number of ITAs issued.

Today’s cut-off score of 467 was three points lower than the lowest cut-off score this year in an all-program Express Entry draw, which was 470.


The tie break applied in the March 23, draw was November 25, 2019, at 14:00:35 UTC.

This means that all Canadian Experience Class candidates with CRS scores above 467, as well as those with scores of 467 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an ITA.

This draw brings the total number of ITAs issued so far this year through Canada’s Express Entry system to 22,600.


Today’s draw is a reminder of the various ways Express Entry candidates with lower CRS scores may receive an ITA.

Several Express Entry-aligned provincial nomination streams also have lower CRS requirements compared to all-program federal draws.

Express Entry candidates who get a provincial nomination receive an extra 600 points toward their CRS score and are effectively secured an ITA.


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