Draws are still proceeding, despite the pandemic. However, processing times are much, much slower as a result of the pandemic.
If you are planning immigrating to Canada, or changing your status to permanent, you are most likely using or going to be using Express Entry, the way skilled workers immigrate to Canada. This page contains the current distribution of CRS scores in the Express Entry pool. Find your range below and see how many candidates you are competing with.
The majority of candidates in the pool have scores under 400 points, but no draw cut-off for all candidates has been lower than 400 points, and there hasn't been a cut-off lower than 430 points in a draw open to all candidates since May of 2017 (that's nearly three years ago now). The draws used to cap out at a maximum of 3,000 candidates but since summer 2018 the draws have been higher with the the draws in autumn 2018 at 3,900 candidates, only a few candidates below the all time high. In 2019 the draws dropped slightly to 3,350-3,600 candidates per draw but 2020 saw an all-time high draw of 4,500 candidates. So basically, if there are at least 3,000 candidates in the pool with scores higher than your own, you need a better score. You owe it to yourself to figure out how you get more than 450 points. See this page for an in-depth explanation of how the score is calculated. See these other articles on how to improve your CRS score so you get an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
- Credentials Assessment for Express Entry
- Improving Your Language Test Scores for Express Entry
- Common Mistakes when Applying for Express Entry
- Canadian Headhunters Get You More Points
Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of May 12, 2020*
Find your current score on the left and see how many competitors you have on the right. Green means good (few to none), yellow means poor (many), red means bad (too many). Where this is not colour to the font at all, it indicates that there is no chance of getting selected, though those applying for Federal Skilled Trades at these levels still have a chance.
*The source page at IRCC's website has not been updated since May 12, 2020.
|CRS Score Range||Number of Candidates|
|601-1200||482 (+417 candidates since April 14)|
|501-600||417 (+204 candidates since April 14)|
|451-500||20,412 (-1,794 canadidates since 14)|
|491-500||356 (+166 candidates since April 14)|
|481-490||1,117 (+371 candidates since April 14)|
|471-480||3,140 (+907 candidates since April 14)|
|461-470||7,053 (-1,035 candidates since April 14)|
|451-460||8,746 (-2,203 candidates since April 14)|
|401-450 total||43,782 total (+1,245 candidates since April 14)|
|There Hasn't Been a Regular (Non-FST) Draw with This Low a Threshold Since May 2019|
|441-450||10,472 (+655 candidates since April 14)|
|431-440||10,083 (+309 candidates since April 14)|
|There Hasn't Been a REGULAR (NON-FST) Draw with This Low a Threshold Since May 2017|
|421-430||6,996 (+208 candidates since April 14)|
|411-420||7,538 (+45 candidates since April 14)|
|Candidates with scores below this threshold have only ever been invited for the Federal Skilled Trades-only draws in May/November 2017, May/September 2018 and May/September 2019 only|
|401-410||8,693 (+28 candidates since April 14)|
|351-400 total||50,784 total (-221 candidates since April 14)|
|301-350 Total||27,120 total (-639 since April 14)|
|0-300||3,405 total (-95 since April 14)|
|Total||146,402 total (-883 since April 14)|
The total number of applicants in the pool is now over146,000. That's bad news for candidates with scores lower than the lowest historical cut offs. The cut off score got as low as 438 in January 2019, the lowest draw cutoff since November 2017. But, due to the increased number of candidates this year, the rest of the draws for 2019, excluding the most recent FST draws, were over 450 or 460.
Is there good news? Yes, there is. The general draws during the pandemic have been hovering around the 450-460 mark. This could be due to decreased applications during the pandemic, or it could be due to an increase in specialized draws (PNP, federal program-specific) in recent months.
Still, there are now over 20,000 candidates in the pool with scores over 450. With this many candidates in the pool, IRCC usually invites between 3,600 and 3,900 people per draw (though sometimes as few as 3,200). That means that it will take at least 5 draws to invite all of these candidates. In the meantime, more candidates with scores over 450 wil join the pool, as that happened throughout 2019.
There is only one thing to do now, for those who have scores below 450 who want to immigrate to Canada: do everything you can to make sure your score is 460 or higher for draws going forward. Beyond getting a nomination from a province or getting a job offer, we have other suggestions as to how you can improve your score below:
- Get Accredited for Canada
- Avoid Common Errors
- Improve Your Language Skills
- Prove Your Language Skills
- Find How to Improve Your Score in Other Ways