Minimum Score for Express Entry candidates in the third Express Entry draw in 2018 stays at 440

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Around 3,750 invitations were issued in the recent Express Entry Draw held on August 22. The minimum CRS score in this draw was 440 which turns out to be the lowest CRS score in 2018 to date. This is the third draw for aspiring immigration candidates in 2018.

Another interesting fact about this draw is that people who applied before the tie-break time February 21, 2018, at 11:28:03 UTC and who scored at least 440 or more have received an ITA or Invitation to Apply. 3,750 invitations have been consistently issued by the IRCC or Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada in every draw since June 13. The CRS score didn’t go higher than 440 because these larger draws have been held roughly every two weeks. Well, if your minimum score isn’t 440 and you want to improve your score, there are many ways in which you can do so.

1.      Link yourself to Provincial Nominee Programs or PNP’s and get an additional score of 600 that will be added to your CRS score.

2.      Score high in the IELTS. If you have scored less in the test, re-appear for the test in order to increase your CRS score. Either you should have strong English language abilities or you must be proficient in at least one language spoken in Canada that is, English or French.

3.      Apply for your health and character certificate. If your certification looks good, you gain more points.

4.      People applying for jobs in Canada can easily pass through the Express Entry.

5.      Apply for higher education in Canada. If you have a letter of recommendation from your respective college, your chances of getting ITA becomes higher.


Lastly, IRCC issued the addition of ITA’s issued in 2015 and 2016 in 2017. However, as compared to the year 2017, IRCC has issued less ITA’s in 2018 to date. We are hoping to see an increase in the number of ITA’s issued in the remaining months of 2018. Meanwhile, if you are an applicant, make sure to work on your score in order to receive an ITA!


By: Neha
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