On October 14th, Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted Federal Express Entry draw #165 under the Federal Skilled Workers (FSW) program. This was an all-program draw, with 4,500 invitations to apply (ITAs); making it one of the largest Express Entry draws ever. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off remained at 471, which was the same as in the September 30th draw.

Candidates are eligible for a maximum of 1200 CRS Points. These points are awarded based on human capital factors such as age, education (Canadian or Foreign equivalent), work experience (Canadian or Foreign), and language ability in either English or French or both, as well as additional adaptability points such as having a Canadian or Permanent Resident sibling.


The good news is that all-program Express Entry draws have been continuously every two weeks since September 2nd, 2020, with CRS scores in the 470’s. In addition, since all program draws started on September 2nd there have been ITA’s approximately 4200 ITA’s issued in each of the draws, including the September 16th draw and September 30th draw.

This is the 4th consecutive 2-week interval draw and the largest express entry draw Since there are still 2 months to go before the end of the year, there will likely be more drops to CRS score. There are currently 42,881 applicants in the pool with CRS Scores between 401 – 450 and 24,234 with scores between 451-500.  This year, approximately 82,850.

The Federal Skilled Worker Express Entry program is the most popular and fastest way to immigrate to Canada. If you are thinking about applying for Express Entry, do not delay your application! Complete our free online assessment and someone from our office will get back to you! Poonah Immigration Law Firm for more information.