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IRCC launched 2nd Express Entry Draw of 2018 to Invite 2,750 candidates

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 25, Jan 2018

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The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has launched the 2nd express entry draw of the year 2018 on January 24, 2018. The draw has been launched to issue ITA (Invitation to Apply) to the applicants, who have a CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score above a definite mark. Let’s take a look at the CRS score requirement and further details about the draw.

2nd Express Entry Draw of 2018

Find below the key details about the current EE draw:
  • The draw is open: The current express entry draw is open from January 24, 2018 to January 25, 2018.
  • CRS score requirement: The CRS score requirement or qualifying marks in the draw is 444 CRS points or above
  • Number of Invitations to be issued: The IRCC to issue a total of 2,750 Canada PR invitations during the draw.

The candidates who have the CRS score equal to or above 444 points will receive the ITA (Invitation to Apply) Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) Visa from IRCC. Once an applicant has received the ITA from IRCC, he/she needs to submit the complete PR visa application along with the required documents within 90 days of the receipt of ITA.

Click here to see the list of Complete Express Entry Draws till date

Tie breaker rule

A tie breaker rule has been introduced by IRCC for express entry draw results a few months back. As per this rule, if more than one express entry applicant has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they registered their profile in federal Express Entry system. For the present express entry draw the tie braking rule is January 17, 2018 at 12:33:00 UTC.

Analysis of the draw

The draw was on time this time around as per the fortnightly draw opening pattern. As far as qualifying marks or CRS score requirement is concerned there was no major upsurge or drop down noticed in the same. In the current EE Draw, the CRS score requirement was reduced by mere 2 points to be 444 CRS points or more.

The number of Canada PR invitations remained unchanged in the current EE Draw, i.e. 2,750. It was the same in the previous express entry draw.  The IRCC seems to have decided a new benchmark for Canada PR invites for few initial draws.

Also read- CRS Score Predictions for Upcoming Express Entry Draws in 2018

Apply Canada PR via express entry in 2018

If you want to settle in Canada in the 2018, it’s the best time to prepare your immigration file and apply for Permanent residency in Canada, which is the first and quite essential step. Canada PR allows you to live and work in Canada on a permanent basis.

The Qualifying marks in express entry system are expected to reduce in the first half of year 2018, hence, at now, chances of obtaining Canada PR are stronger for the applicants. If you wish to apply Canada PR, you may contact Visas Avenue certified Canadian immigration expert by calling on

Toll Free Number- 78-18-000-777. You may also forward your queries on Visas Avenue e-mail id-


Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

He has been creating the Immigration Content, i.e. Blogs, Articles, social media, videos, etc. for more than 5 years now.


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