Canada held the first Express Entry draw of 2020 on 8th January. The first draw issued 3,400 invitations with the minimum required score of 473.
The Express Entry Program was launched in 2015 and is the largest source of skilled foreign workers in Canada. Eligible candidates are scored on various factors like age, education, work experience, language skills etc. using the Comprehensive Ranking System.
You do not need to have an offer of employment from Canada to apply under the Express Entry Program.
High scoring candidates in the Express Entry Pool are invited to apply for Canada PR in regular draws conducted by the IRCC. The current processing time for a Canada PR through the Express Entry Program is 6 months.
Canada has increased the admission target for 2020 and 2021. It plans to admit 85,800 permanent immigrants in 2020 and 88,800 in 2021.
A part of the Provincial Nominee Program in Canada is also managed by the Federal Express Entry Program. Canada has also increased the admission target for the Provincial Nominee Programs in 2020 and 2021. The target for 2020 is 67,800, and for 2021 it is 71,300.
The provincial nominee streams aligned with the Federal Express Entry Program typically have a much lower CRS score requirement. Some streams do not have a minimum score requirement at all. These streams could be a good option for candidates who are not scoring very high in the Express Entry Program.
The 8th January draw issued 200 more invitations than the previous draw held on 19th December. The 19th December draw issued 3200 invitations with a CRS score of 469.
The higher minimum required score in the 8th January draw can be attributed to the longer time gap between this and the previous draw. If the time between draws exceeds two draws, the minimum required score tends to rise.
The tie-break rule used in the 8th January draw used the date and time 27th December 2019 at 13:35:09 UTC. Candidates who had a submitted their EOIs before this time and had a score of 473 or above received an invite in the newest draw.
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