In the December 11 Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada, 3,200 candidates will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off threshold was 472 points. This is an all-program draw, so candidates in any Express Entry-aligned program are eligible.
In the previous draw, which occurred on November 27, the CRS score cut-off threshold was 471 points.
The tie-breaking rule was applied for the December 11 draw, meaning that not all candidates with 472 points will receive an ITA. As multiple candidates have 472 points, those who submitted their Express Entry profile to the pool before December 6, 2019 at 03:03:49 UTC will be prioritized.
It is unlikely that an Express Entry draw will take place two Wednesdays from the December 11 draw, as this will be December 25, a federal holiday in Canada. For this reason, candidates should be aware that the next draw may occur outside of the usual bi-weekly schedule.
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Why has the CRS score cut-off increased?
In the December 11 draw, the number of ITAs issued was lowered to 3,200, a drop of 400 from the previous draw on November 27. There are a range of factors that may influence the CRS cut-off score, including:
- The number of candidates invited;
- The frequency of draws;
- The number of new candidates entering the pool; and
- Changes in the CRS scores of existing candidates, whose scores may increase or decrease depending on their circumstances.
Likely due to the decrease in ITAs, the CRS score cut-off has increased by one point. This follows a spike in the CRS score cut-off in October after a gap in all-program draws. In the October 30 draw, the cut-off hit a record high for the last year at 475 points.
As of December 6, there were a total of 134,635 candidates in the Express Entry pool. The graph below shows their distribution according to their CRS score at that time.