The largest Express Entry draw of 2018

3,750 invitations issued to Express Entry immigration candidates with scores of 451 or above

The Government of Canada conducted its largest Express Entry draw of 2018 on Wednesday, June 13, issuing 3,750 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System scores of 451 or above.

Prior to the 3,750 Invitations to Apply, or ITAs, issued in today’s all-program invitation round, the largest all-program draw from the Express Entry pool of 2018 had been 3,500.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) used its tie-break rule in this draw. The tie-break date and time for this latest invitation round was July 21, 2017 at 07:01:28 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 451, as well as those candidates with scores of 451 who submitted their profile before the specified tie-break date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

The number of ITAs issued in each all-program draw of 2018 has gradually increased over the course of the year. The year began with two draws of 2,750 ITAs each in January, followed by four draws of 3,000 ITAs each in February and March and four draws of 3,500 ITAs each in April and May.

It is not surprising to see the draw size increase, as Canada has higher immigration targets in 2018 than it had in 2017. Its admissions targets for 2019 and 2020 are also set to increase.

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