After the lowest ever Express Entry draw was held on May 31, 2017, with a cutoff of 413, recent draws have risen to the 440s, including a draw of 440 on September 5, 2018. These levels are still readily attainable by persons with strong language test results, a bachelor’s degree or better, and several years of work experience. Most applications continue to be processed very rapidly in well under six months.
With the innovation of the “tie-breaker rule,” draws are now announced for a specific number of persons, usually 3,000 to 3,900. We consider it likely that the cutoffs may drop slightly during the course of the year as provincial nominee quotas are used up, and in order to meet the annual immigration targets. Immigration to Canada in as little as six months remains a realistic goal for many, including H-1B visa holders and DACA recipients in the United States.