Explanation of New Express Entry Tie-break Procedure

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) make use of the tie-break procedure that was introduced in June is applied when selecting qualified applicants from the Express Entry selection pool.

The new procedure ranks candidates with the same points by the date and time their profiles were first submitted to the Express Entry pool. The tie-break procedure prioritizes those candidates whose profiles have been in the pool longer.

OnNovember 15 draw, the tie-break was used, and only those candidates with 439 points who had submitted their profiles by a cut-off date and time determined by IRCC were invited to apply. IRCC listed that time and date as October 19, 2017 at 12:02:28.


It is important for candidates in the pool to note that modifying or updating their Express Entry profile will not revise the time stamp of the original submission. For example, if a candidate submitted a profile on April 1, 2017, at 08:33:13 and then subsequently updated his or her profile with new language results, the time stamp on the profile will remain 08:33:13 on April 1, 2017.

However, if a candidate deletes his or her profile and then returns to the Express Entry pool with a completely new profile, the time stamp on the new profile will be the date and time when he or she rejoined the pool. The date and time stamp on the original profile does not carry over.