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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) maintains an up-to-date record of the number of candidates in the Express Entry pool and their respective CRS score. On this page, you will find our in-depth analysis of the current profiles in the pool along with what this may mean for you and your chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Key Takeaways: a Snapshot of Active Profiles in the Pool.

    • According to the last update on May 29, 2024, there are 224,404 active profiles in the pool. 
    • Given the 2 Express Entry draws that took place on the May 30 and May 31, this number is likely not a true reflection of the current number of active profiles.
    • On May 29, 17,129 candidates had a CRS of over 500.
    • According to the May 29 update, 2,918 profiles had a CRS of over 600 however in the draw on May 30, 2,985 candidates were selected with a CRS cut off of 676. This suggests some discrepancy in the official breakdown.
    • CRS cut off scores are set to remain high given the competition in the pool.

What is the Express Entry pool?

The Express Entry pool represents all candidates with an active Express Entry profile. The number of profiles in the pool changes daily as draws take place and as new applicants submit their profile with others leaving due to expiry or a change in eligibility.

How Many Express Entry Profiles Are Currently in the Pool?

The last IRCC update on the number of profiles in the pool was May 29 2024 just before 2 Express Entry draw which saw a total of 5,985 1,400 profiles selected. At this time, there were 224,404 profiles in the pool. This was an increase of almost 10,000 profiles since the last update. This substantial increase is likely a result of the lack of draws in May 2024. 

Of the 10,000 increase, 3,586 of these profiles have a CRS of between 501 and 600, adding to the competitiveness of the current pool. There were not all gains, however. May 2024 saw a drop in active profiles with a CRS between 301 and 350. This implies that those with a lower CRS have opted out of applying.  While this may make sense for some, anyone with proven French language abilities but a lower CRS score should still enter the pool given that French speakers enjoy a lower CRS cut-off during French-targeted category-based draws.

How Does Your CRS Score Compare?

Determining how your CRS score compares to others in the pool is a necessary component to a successful immigration strategy. If you have a strong CRS score in comparison to others in the pool, your chances of receiving an ITA in an upcoming Express Entry draw are high therefore you may just need to wait for the next draw. On the other hand, you may determine that your CRS is not competitive enough, forcing you to look at ways to increase your score or explore Express Entry alternatives. 

There is a current breakdown of the CRS score range and the number of candidates in the pool. 

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Is Your CRS Score Competitive? 

Your competitiveness within the Express Entry pool is based on your CRS score. 

Once you have submitted your Express Entry profile, you will receive your CRS score. Bear in mind that this score may change due to factors like age therefore it is important to keep a note of your CRS and competitiveness. 

If your projected CRS score is less than 300

You should consider alternative ways to move to Canada. Express Entry might not be for you, because it’s going to be tough — though not impossible — to get enough points to secure an invitation to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry. If you have a CRS score of less than 300, chances are you will need to do many things to boost your chances of receiving an ITA. Follow our ways to increase your CRS score guide for pointers. 

If your projected CRS score is between 300 and 400

A CRS score in this range is not very competitive, however, there are ways to boost your points total. To get from the 300’s into the competitive range would probably require you to secure a provincial nomination, get a job offer and/ or show both French and English language ability.

If you qualify for the French Category Based Draws, a CRS score above 360 may be all that is needed. If you do not possess any French language ability, consider taking this up. In a year, you may have enough proficiency to claim French points and an ITA in the French draws. 

If your projected CRS score is between 400 and 500

This score may be competitive, depending on the trend in recent draws (the lowest cut-off score ever for an all-program draw was 413 points however recent trends are more around the 540 mark). Candidates in this range can shoot up the rankings with some seemingly minor improvements that can have a big effect, especially when it comes to proving language ability. There may also be additional PNP options for candidates in this range.

If your projected CRS score is between 500 and 550

This is a competitive score, with a decent chance of being sufficient to receive an ITA, especially if you are eligible for a Category-Based Draw. Candidates should still explore any opportunities to increase their scores to make their profile as competitive as possible.

If your projected CRS score is above 550

This is a super competitive CRS score and will likely be sufficient to receive an ITA in an upcoming draw.

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Rebecca Major

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Rebecca Major is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (R511564) with nearly 15 years of licenced Canadian Immigration experience, gained after graduating with a Bachelor of Laws in the UK. She specializes in Canadian immigration at Moving2Canada.
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