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Latest Express Entry Draw | Latest CRS Score

264

September 20, 2023

CRS Score

435

ITA's Issued

1000

Program Specified

Transport occupations only

What is the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and how is the CRS Score Calculated?

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is a critical component of Canada's Express Entry immigration system. This CRS score, used to rank potential immigrants, assesses various factors such as age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and adaptability, among others. In simple terms, the higher your CRS score, the better your chances are of being invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada. Each draw, the Canadian immigration department sets a CRS score cut-off, and those with scores above that cut-off are invited to apply.

Your CRS score can drastically impact your immigration prospects. Having a high CRS score increases the likelihood of receiving an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residency during the Express Entry draws. The Express Entry system is competitive, with thousands of candidates vying for limited spots, so maintaining a high CRS score is crucial. If your initial CRS score isn't satisfactory, don't lose hope. There are various ways to improve it, such as improving language skills, gaining additional work experience, or obtaining a job offer or nomination from a Canadian province. This adaptability of the CRS score is one of the many reasons it's regarded as an efficient and fair immigration system.

Click here to read more about calculating the CRS Score and how to improve your CRS Score.

What is an Invitation to Apply (ITA)?

An Invitation to Apply (ITA) is a letter sent to selected applicants in the Express Entry pool whose CRS score is higher than the threshold score established for each draw. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sends the letter, which is received on the Express Entry profile's correspondence area. Only after receiving an ITA that an applicant is eligible to apply for permanent residence.

 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sends the letter, which is received in the correspondence section of the Express Entry profile. A candidate may only submit an application for permanent residence after receiving the ITA.

When IRCC conducts a draw from the pool, candidates who meet the minimum eligibility requirement are invited to submit an application for permanent residence. Your ITA will specify the program that you can apply for, your CRS score with a breakdown and the date by which you should submit the electronic application for permanent residence.

An ITA is only valid for 60 days. It CANNOT be extended. 

However, receiving an ITA does not guarantee permanent residency; there are essential steps to follow to ensure a positive outcome for your permanent residence application.

What are my options after receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) ?

  1. Accept the ITA: You will have 60 days from the issuance date on your ITA to submit your completed application for Permanent Residence. 

  2. Reject the ITA: Your profile will be returned to the Express Entry pool and will continue to be active for upcoming invitations.

  3. Do nothing/No response: Your ITA will expire and your Express Entry profile will become  invalid. If you want to be a part of future draws, you will have to create a new profile.

What are the next steps after receiving an ITA for Canada?

  1. Respond to the ITA - Accept or Decline. If you do nothing, you ITA will expire.

  2. Complete your Application for Permanent Residence (APR) while including all relevant and necessary documents. 

  3. Submit your APR

  4. Wait for Medical Request (if you did not submit an upfront medical assessment)

  5. Receive CoPR - Confirmation of Permanent Residence

  6. Fly to Canada and validate your Permanent Residence at port of entry.

What are the documents required after receiving an ITA? 

The documents you need to submit directly co-relate with the points you claimed while creating an express entry profile. In simpler terms, for every point you claimed you need to provide supporting evidence.

Here's a document checklist for reference: 

1. Identity and Civil Status Documents

Passport(s) - Biographical page for primary applicant as well as accompanying family members. It is best practice to include all pages from your passport which have stamps on them.

Birth Certificate(s) -  You are required to submit birth certificates for each person included on your application. Some nations do not provide birth certificates; if this is the case, you can present a document that verifies your date of birth and the names of at least one parent. If you are not submitting an official birth certificate, it is advised that you include a letter of justification with your application.

 

If you have adopted children, adoption certificates are also necessary.

Marital Certificate - Depending on your marital status, you will need to provide relevant supporting document.

  • Single (never married): in most cases, no documents are required to prove you are single

  • Married: marriage certificate 

  • Common-law/conjugal: evidence of a genuine relationship

  • Divorced: divorce certificate for each divorce you had

  • Widowed: marriage and death certificate

Digital Photographs - The primary applicant as well as all included family members need to submit photographs as per IRCCs photo requirement guidelines.

 

2. Documents supporting CRS points claimed

 

Language Test Report - While creating your profile you must have submitted your language test result report number. This gives IRCC to access your test results and verify them directly from the test conductor. However, in some cases, IRCC may request a copy of your test report. Keep it handy. 

Work Experience Documents - You need to submit proof of work experience documents for all occupations you have claimed CRS points for. These documents include: 

  • Foreign Work Experience:

    • Letter of employment

      • Must include - Job Title + Compensation drawn + hours of work + job roles and responsibilities  + appraisal information + start and end date of employment term​

      • These documents need to be provided for each occupation/employer you claimed work experience points for.

    • Pay slips/paystubs/salary slips/salary certificates

    • Tax returns

  • Canadian Work Experience:

    • Notice of assessment for the fiscal year​ including Option C lines

    • T4's

    • Work permit documents

  • LMIA letter from a Canadian employer if you claimed job-offer points

  • Certificate of Qualification - ​If you declared having received a provincial/territorial certificate of qualification, you have to provide a copy of said certificate.

Relatives in Canada - If you claimed an additional 15 points under this category you will need to provide proof that your Canadian permanent resident or citizen relatives are A) related to you and B) Have an identification document from Canada that proves their Canadian PR or Canadian Citizenship

Provincial Nomination - If you claimed points for provincial nomination your profile must show the nomination directly linked through the province.

Education Documents - 

  • Copies of certificates, diplomas or degrees for each completed program of post-secondary study you have claimed points for

  • Copies of transcripts for each completed secondary and post-secondary program

  • An original Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report

  • If you have claimed points for Canadian education, you must provide proof of successful completion of the program.

 

3. Additional Mandatory Documents

Medical Examination Report - You need to complete a mandatory medical assessment from an IRCC authorized panel physician. Your medical report will be shared with the IRCC by your authorized panel physician.

Police Clearance Certificates - You and all of your family members will need to submit police clearance certificates from every country you or they resided in for 6 months or more since the age of 18.

Proof of Funds - to show that you have sufficient funds to support your relocation to Canada. A CBSA officer is most likely to ask for proof of settlement funds at the port of 1st entry to Canada. You are exempt from submitting proof of funds if you have an arranged employment offer included in your application. 

Receipt of IRCC fee payment

Some useful abbreviations

  • IRCC : Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

  • PR : Permanent Residency

  • EE : Express Entry

  • FSW : Federal Skilled Worker

  • NOC: National Occupational Classification

  • WP : Work Permit

  • ECA: Educational Credential Assessment

  • CRS : Comprehensive Ranking System

  • ITA : Invitation to Apply

  • AoR : Acknowledgement of Receipt

  • Co-PR : Confirmation of Permanent Residency

  • GCMS: Global Case Management System

past crs draws

Draw Number
Date of Draw
CRS Score
Program
Rank required to be invited to apply:
264
20/09/2023
435
Transport occupations only
1000
263
19/09/2023
531
No program specified
3200
262
15/08/2023
496
No program specified
4300
261
03/08/2023
388
Trade occupations (2023-1)
1500
260
02/08/2023
435
French language proficiency (2023-1)
800
259
01/08/2023
517
No Program Specified
2000
258
12/07/2023
375
French language proficiency (2023-1)
375
257
11/07/2023
505
No Program Specified
800
256
07/07/2023
439
French language proficiency (2023-1)
2300
255
06/07/2023
463
Healthcare occupations (2023-1)
1500
252
28/06/2023
476
Healthcare occupations (2023-1)
500
251
27/06/2023
486
No program specified
4300
250
08/06/2023
486
No program specified
4800
249
24/05/2023
488
No program specified
4800
248
10/05/2023
691
Provincial Nominee Program
589
247
26/04/2023
483
No program specified
3500
246
12/04/2023
486
No program specified
3500
245
29/03/2023
481
No program specified
7000
244
23/03/2023
484
No program specified
7000
243
15/03/2023
490
No program specified
7000
242
01/03/2023
748
Express Entry - Provincial Nominee Program
667
241
15/02/2023
791
Provincial Nominee Program
699
240
02/02/2023
489
Federal Skilled Worker
3300
239
01/02/2023
733
Provincial Nominee Program
893
238
18/01/2023
490
No program specified
5500
237
11/01/2023
507
No program specified
5500
236
23/11/2022
491
No program specified
4750
235
09/11/2022
494
No program specified
4750
234
26/10/2022
496
No program specified
4750
233
12/10/2022
500
No program specified
4250
232
28/09/2022
504
No program specified
3750
231
14/09/2022
510
No program specified
3250
230
31/08/2022
516
No program specified
2750
229
17/08/2022
525
No program specified
2250
228
03/08/2022
533
No program specified
2000
227
20/07/2022
542
No program specified
1750
226
06/07/2022
557
No program specified
1500

FAQs about the latest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian immigration

Q: What is the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)?

A: The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a points-based system that the Canadian government uses to assess and score a candidate's profile and rank it in the Express Entry pool. The score is based on factors such as age, education, language proficiency, and work experience.

 

Q: How is the CRS score calculated?

A: The CRS score is calculated based on several factors including age, level of education, official language proficiency, second official language, Canadian work experience, and other factors. The maximum score one can achieve is 1200 points.

Q: What is the latest CRS score cut-off?

A: The latest CRS score cut-off varies from draw to draw. You can check the official Government of Canada website for the most recent information.

 

Q: What is an Invitation to Apply (ITA)?

A: An Invitation to Apply (ITA) is an invitation sent by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to candidates in the Express Entry pool who have met the minimum CRS score in a draw. It invites them to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

 

Q: How often are ITAs issued?

A: ITAs are typically issued every two weeks, but the schedule can vary depending on the IRCC's discretion.

Q: What should I do after receiving an ITA?

A: After receiving an ITA, you have 60 days to submit a complete application for permanent residence. This includes all necessary documents and fees.

Q: Can I decline an ITA?

A: Yes, you can decline an ITA. However, declining an ITA will not guarantee that you will receive another one in the future.

 

Q: What happens if I miss the 60-day deadline after receiving an ITA?

A: If you miss the 60-day deadline, your ITA will be cancelled and you will have to re-enter the Express Entry pool and wait for another ITA.

 

Q: How can I improve my CRS score?

A: You can improve your CRS score by improving your language skills, gaining more work experience, completing higher education, or receiving a nomination from a Canadian province or territory.

Q: Can I update my Express Entry profile after receiving an ITA?

A: Yes, you can update your Express Entry profile after receiving an ITA. However, if your updated score falls below the cut-off or you are no longer eligible, your ITA may be cancelled.

Q: How many ITAs are issued in each draw?

A: The number of ITAs issued in each draw varies and is determined by the IRCC based on the current immigration targets and the number of candidates in the Express Entry pool.

Q: Can I apply for an ITA without a job offer?

A: Yes, you can apply for an ITA without a job offer. However, having a valid job offer from a Canadian employer can significantly increase your CRS score.

Q: What is the validity period of an ITA?

A: Once you receive an ITA, you have 60 days to submit a complete application for permanent residence.

Q: Can I apply for an ITA if I have a criminal record?

A: Having a criminal record may affect your eligibility for an ITA. It's recommended to consult with an immigration lawyer or expert to understand how your specific situation might impact your application.

Q: How long does it take to process an application after receiving an ITA?

A: The processing time for applications after receiving an ITA is typically six months, but it can vary depending on the specifics of your application and the current processing times at IRCC.

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