March 6, 2020 By Michael Albert

march 6 2020 express entry draw

3,900 invitations were issued on this 138th Express Entry draw that took place on 4 March 2020. The CRS score of lowest ranked candidate invited was 471.

Though the cut-off CRS score in this draw has increased by one point compared to the 137th EE draw, immigration experts opine that this need not be taken into account seriously, considering the total intake target the government needs to meet, especially in light of the new immigration policy. They also opine that the upcoming draws are more likely to increase the net intake, by bringing down the cut-off CRS score.

As a thumb rule, – in the context of the current scenario – as the volume of intake in the various Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs) increase, the cut-off CRS scores must ideally come down. This is because, if the individual provinces’ demand for newcomers is increasing, then that means that the overall demand at the Federal level also must increase because the provinces of the country function in unison to form the federal government of Canada. The new immigration plan proposed by Canada’s immigration minister Marco Mendicino also gives more hope on the scores with the new multi-year immigration target. The Government of Canada’s target is to finish inviting at least 350,000 by the end of 2020.

The implications of the multi-year immigration policy that has come into effect this 2020, as well as the statistics surrounding intake volume pertaining to the Federal Skilled Worker Class alone, reasonably predicts that the the cut-off CRS score in the upcoming Express Entry draws specific to Federal Skilled Workers Class (FSWC) should reduce drastically.

This means that if you are a skilled professional planning to migrate to Canada, this is the right time for you. A minimum pass score of 67 out of 100 is required at the Federal 6 Selection Factors to qualify for Express Entry aligned programs.  These include the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).


Below are the draw statistics of the 138th Express Entry draw:

Number of Invitations issued: 3,900

Date and time of the draw: March 4, 2020 at 13:44:16 UTC

CRS score of the lowest ranked candidate: 471

Tie-break rule used in this draw: January 13, 2020 at 10:52:52 UTC


This means that all Express Entry profiles that were active in the pool with a minimum CRS score equal to or greater than 471, and which entered the pool at (or before) the lock-score (tie-break) timestamp were considered while the Federal Government of Canada issued Invitation to Apply (ITAs) this time.


Express Entry is an online selection system, through which the Federal government of Canada (IRCC) selects candidates for economic immigration to Canada through three programs – Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – as well as a portion of Provincial Nominations (enhanced nominations).

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