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1st Express Entry draw of 2019- IRCC Invites Record 3,900 Candidates

Posted - 11, Jan 2019

The Immigration Refugees has launched the firs Express Entry draw of the year 2019 on January 10, 2019. The special thing about this draw is the record it has set for the largest first draw of the year. The IRCC never invited this number of candidates in the very first draw of the year. All invited applicants will submit their application and documents within 60 days.

1st Express Entry Draw of the year

Find below the results of the latest EE draw:

  • The draw is open: The current express entry draw is open from January 10, 2019 to January 11, 2019.
  • CRS score requirement: The CRS score requirement or qualifying marks in the draw is 449 CRS points or above
  • Number of Invitations to be issued: The IRCC to issue a total of 3,900 Canada PR invitations during the draw.
  • Tie-breaking rule:January 2, 2019 at 11:40:53 UTC

Analysis of First EE draw

There are many interesting things and record attached with this first draw of the year. First of all, it's the largest ever first draw in the history of Federal Express Entry System that invited whipping 3,900 candidates. The IRCC never invited this much candidates in the very first draw of the year in the past. The previous high for the first draw of the year was 2,902 invitations, in the draw opened on January 4, 2017. The lowest number of invites issued in very first draw of express entry, i.e. 779 invites on January 31, 2015.

The CRS score requirement from IRCC has increased by 10 points in the current draw, as its 449 CRS points at now. The other interesting thing about the draw is it is not launched on time considering the fortnightly pattern of EE draws. In fact, it is launched on 22nd day after the previous draw on December 19, 2018. The IRCC has not been consistent with the fortnightly pattern in last few draws of express entry.

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Same number of Invites issued 8th time in a row

The IRCC is following some kind of pattern as it has issued 3,900 invitations 8th time in a row. Last year, in October 3, 2018 draw,IRCC issued 3,500 invitations and since then, in 8 draws consistently the government is inviting same (i.e. 3,900) candidates.

Although, the up and down was seen in the qualifying marks or cut off marks during this period, however, the number of invitation never changed.

Expectation from 2019 EE draws

The candidates who didn't receive invite last year from IRCC, have huge expectations from the EE draw results this year. Considering the high annual immigration target of Express Entry, i.e. 81,400 it is expected to be favorable for the express entry candidates.

The start of the year can be considered reasonably good with high number of invites being issued by the IRCC. However, only time will tell as to how low IRCC decides to drop the cut off marks to invite more number of candidates for Canada PR in the New Year 2019.

What are the alternate options for applicants with low CRS?

If you are not receiving ITA from express entry despite being a member long time, you must look out to apply in alternate immigration programs, i.e. provincial nominee programs to obtain provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residency.

Visas Avenue is top and accredited Canadian Visa Consultancy firm in India, with exceptional record for helping visa applicants get PR in Canada via most appropriate program. You may call Visas Avenue migration experts on Toll Free Number- 78-18-000-777. Moreover, to get your eligibility checked and subsequently, get a call from the expert, you may fill the free assessment form.


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