CRS Lock Score situations – something to worry about?

While the lock score situation has been a concern for many Express Entry candidates with marginal CRS scores, some are not even aware such a situation exists.

What is an Express Entry lock score situation?


This can be explained by analyzing a real-world scenario. Let’s say that in an Express Entry draw, the lowest CRS score announced by IRCC for that particular intake is 423.In such a situation there may be more than one candidate in the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 423.


Given the fact that IRCC, based on the ministerial instructions respecting that specific round of invitation, targets to take only a specific number of candidates, this may or may not result in all the candidates with the CRS score of 423 receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency in that draw. This situation, though some are not aware of, is tackled based on a First-Come-First-Serve basis (with respect to the application’s entry into the Express Entry pool). That is, if the target intake of the Express Entry draw is 2750, and if the decreasing order of the CRS score came down to 422 when 2740 ITAs were issued, the remaining 10 ITAs will be issued on a First-Come-First-Serve basis for the candidates with the CRS score of 423.This means that for the last 10 people having CRS score of 423, they will be selected on a First-Come-First-Serve basis. That is, the based on the date and time their Express Entry profiles first came became active in the Express Entry pool. Taking these facts into consideration, it is obvious that the only solution to avoid a lock score situation is to make sure you enter the Express Entry pool as soon as possible. Click here for a FREE assessment to check your eligibility for more than 68 different Canadian immigration programs. There are more details to this topic, which would be difficult to cover in this section. However, if you wish to know more or if you have any doubts/questions regarding this topic, you can leave us a message. Our experts will be in touch with you within 24 business hours.

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