Canada has started implementing a new tie-breaker rule in every Express Entry Draw since the travel restrictions were implemented in mid-March to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
This tie-breaker rule applies to applicants in the Express Entry pool with the same Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
According to the tie-breaker rule, applicants with the same CRS score will be ranked based on how long their application has been in the system.
Applicants who have applied first receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.
How is the Tie Breaker Rule Used in the Express Entry Draws?
Based on how long your application has been in the Express Entry pool, the system will prioritize your application. For example, for the Express Entry Draw conducted on June 25, 2020, 3508 ITAs were issued to applicants with a minimum score of 431.
Applicants with a CRS score of 431 were prioritized based on the time and date their application was submitted. This applies to applicants who submitted their application before April 3, 2020, at 12:56 UTC.