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23 May 2018

The Government of Canada held a new Express Entry draw on Wednesday, the 23rd of May, issuing 3,500 invitations to apply for permanent residence. The Comprehensive Ranking System cut-off score for this draw was 440.

The tie-break date and time for this latest invitation round was 30th December 2017, at 06:39:40 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 440, as well as those candidates with scores of 440 who submitted their profile before this time, received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this invitation round.

The latest draw is the 10th of 2018 and the 4th in a row to issue 3,500 ITAs, bringing the 2018 ITA total to 31,500. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has increased draw sizes in 2018 from 2,750 at the start of the year to 3,000 in February and March and now to 3,500 for each of the four draws held since the start of April.

One should note that larger invitation rounds can have the effect of lowering the CRS cut-off score, or keeping it lower than smaller draws. This seems to be the trend in the last four draws. The increase in draw sizes to 3,500 in the draws held April 11, April 25, May 9 and now May 23 has corresponded with a reduction in the CRS cut-off score by six points, from 446 to the current score of 440.

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