The first Express Entry draw in the last month of 2017 happened on December 6th and a total of 2,750 candidates were invited by the Government of Canada.
These invited candidates will now be able to apply for Canadian permanent residency. The cut-off score for the Comprehensive Ranking System stood at 452 points.
One more time, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made use of the tie break procedure in the Express Entry draw.
This tie break procedure was first introduced in the month of June.
The Invitations to Apply was send to candidates who scored 452 points in the CRS, however, due to tie-break only those candidates with a score of 452 were invited who had submitted their profile in the Express Entry pool before a particular date.
In the latest Express Entry draw this time and date was November 16th, 2017 at 04:20:20 UTC.
The CRS cut-off score of December 6th Express Entry draw is 13 points more than the draw that took place on November 15th.
This may be probably due to the time that has elapsed between these two draws. During this time duration more candidates must have entered the Express Entry pool, thereby increasing its size.
The CRS cut-off score of 452 points is quite unusual given the trend of 2017, wherein the CRS cut-off score has hovered in the range of 430s. There had been very few occasions when the score had climbed to highs of 450s.
The Government of Canada has set up an ambitious target for the coming year of 2018. It is expected that CRS score will drop in the coming Express Entry draws. In order to meet the proposed target, the Government of Canada will have to perform more frequent draws with more candidates being invited.
Ultimately, there will be a reduction in the CRS cut-off score of the Express Entry draws.