In the 30th Express Entry draw of Canada held on December 20th, a total of 2750 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 446 were invited to apply for permanent residence. This is the fourth draw to be held under the tie-break procedure, after it was introduced in June 2017. Now many of you might be wondering what is the tie-break rule. The tie-break rule was introduced with an aim to manage the CRS and the invitation rounds better. It is a method where candidates in the Express Entry pool with tied scores are ranked according to the date and time when they submitted their profile.
The older the better
Though the CRS score of the candidate continues to be the most important factor that determines his/her ranking, the date and time of the submission of the profile is also considered while sending Invitations to Apply(ITAs). In the case of profiles with the minimum cut-off score, older profiles are given priority. That means if there are multiple candidates with the minimum cut-off score, those who have submitted their profiles before the date and time determined by the IRCC will be given priority. The cut-off date for the latest draw held on December 20 was October 2, 2017 at 14:56:53 UTC.
Things to remember
Even if a candidate updates or modifies his/her profile later, only the date and time when the profile was entered to the Express Entry pool will be considered for the Express Entry draw. For example, suppose a candidate submitted his/her profile on June 30, 2017. After some days, he/she updated the profile with a new educational achievement or language proficiency test results. The time stamp of the profile will still be June 30.
But in case if the candidate deletes his/her profile and later re-enters the Express Entry pool with a completely new profile, the time stamp will be the date and time when he/she submitted the new profile. The date and time of the older profile will no longer be valid.
The candidates with a score higher than the minimum CRS score will be ranked higher, regardless of the time of the submission of their profile.
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