In the November 5 Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada, 4,500 candidates will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off threshold for this draw was 478 points. The tie-breaking rule for this draw was applied to profiles at 478 points submitted after October 26, 2020 at 22:44:19 UTC.
This is an all-program draw, meaning that candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Trades (FST) programs, including Provincial Nominees, were considered.
Why has the Express Entry CRS cut-off gone up?
The all-program Express Entry draws that took place in September in October witnessed a steady, though marginal, decrease in the number of points that candidates need in order to be invited, from 475 in early September to 471 in mid-October.
The fact that the CRS cut-off has notched up to 478 in the November 5 Express Entry draw ends that trend for now, but there are a couple of clear reasons why the CRS cut-off has gone up.
First, there was a 22-day gap between the November 5 draw and the preceding draw, eight days long than usual. This longer gap between Express Entry draws allows more candidates to enter the pool, plus candidates already in the pool have the opportunity to increase their score.
Second, and somewhat connected to that previous point above, candidates in the pool with proven French ability will have benefited from a bounce in their points total, thanks to a recent change to the CRS introduced in late October.