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Stable Qualifying Marks invite 3,500 candidates yet again in 9th Express Entry Draw of the year

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 10, May 2018

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The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) yet again invited 3,500 candidates in 9th Draw of Federal Express Entry System this year. The draw was on time as far as fortnightly schedule is concerned, moreover, no dramatic change is observed as far as CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) Score requirement from IRCC is concerned. Let's take a look at the key features of the current draw of federal express entry system.

9th Express Entry Draw of 2018

Find below the key statistics of the present EE draw:
  • The draw is open: The current express entry draw is open from May 9, 2018 to May 10, 2018.
  • CRS score requirement: The CRS score requirement or qualifying marks in the draw is 441 CRS points or above
  • Number of Invitations to be issued: The IRCC to issue a total of 3,500 Canada PR invitations during the draw.
  • Tie-breaking rule:December 12, 2017 at 01:51:38 UTC

The candidates who receive the Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian Permanent residency (PR) during the current EE Draw, need to submit the complete Canada PR application within 90 days of the receipt of ITA.

Click here to view the complete list of Express Entry Draws till date

Stable CRS score requirement

The interesting thing to note in the current EE draw is that there was no change in the CRS score requirement from Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It was the same 441 CRS points, as was in the last draw of Express Entry. However, despite no reduction in the qualifying marks this time around, IRCC still issued 3,500 invitations to apply for Canada PR. It's not practical to believe that there were multiple tie breaker rule applied cases, due to which same amount of candidates invited yet again.

It indicates the new registrations in the federal express entry system, which stabilize the bar for qualifying marks this time around. This has been the case in most of Express Entry Draws this year. In most of the express entry draws this year, the CRS score requirement from IRCC has remained in 440s. It seems new entries are not allowing the qualifying marks to go down.

Waiting for ITA for long now? Find out the alternate pathways

If you have been waiting for the Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canada PR for a long time now, it's the high time to change gears and take some initiatives to grab the Canada PR this year. You have the option to enhance your CRS score by reappearing in IELTS test for English proficiency. You may also think of adding your spouse credentials, which can increase your total CRS score to some extent.

You can also explore and apply in Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) of Canada to acquire nomination from a Canadian province to obtain Canada PR or to get the ITA in Express Entry with increased CRS point score via Express Entry aligned stream of a PNP.

To get complete helps and support in this regard, you may contact qualified Canada immigration expert on Toll Free Number- 78-18-000-777. Alternatively, e-mail your queries to 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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