On March 4, 2020, a new invitation round was held in Canada through the Express Entry system. Invitations were issued to a total of 3,900 candidates in this round. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required was 471. The candidates were chosen from the most eligible of those willing for migration overseas to Canadian provinces.
This time, the cut-off score was increased by a point compared to the previous draw. That draw was conducted on February 19, 2020. It had a minimum score of 470.
In the draw conducted 2 weeks ago, 4,500 Express Entry candidates received ITAs (Invitation to Apply). It was the largest draw ever held by the Government of Canada.
Canada’s Express Entry system keeps and uses the profiles of candidates. It does it for 3 of the country’s main economic-class immigration programs namely:
- The Federal Skilled Worker Class
- Canadian Experience Class
- Federal Skilled Trades Class
The ranks given to candidates are based on a score awarded under Express Entry’s CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System). It considers factors such as education, age, language skills in English or French, and skilled work experience.
The ITA is received by a fixed number of the highest-ranked candidates. The invitation offers them a Canadian permanent residence. This is offered through regular draws from the talent pool. The time assigned for processing permanent residency applications is under 6 months. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) works on this process.
Apparently, the government is issuing a larger number of invitations with each draw. This is to reach 85,800 ITAs, the target set for this year for new permanent resident admissions.
The draw of March 4th is the 5th of 2020. With this draw, the total number of ITAs issued this year comes to 18,700. February 24, 2020, at 06:02:57 UTC was the tie break applied in the March 4th draw. This means that every Express Entry candidate with a CRS score of 471 or above received an ITA. Their profiles were entered in the Express Entry pool before Feb 24, 2020.
Express Entry candidates who received a provincial nomination were awarded an additional 600 points. This got added to their CRS score. They thus get to the forefront of the candidates’ lineup for an ITA. These 600 points were more valuable for the candidates who had lower CRS scores. They were yet to make the cut-off in a federal Express Entry draw.
Several provincial nominee streams linked to Express Entry have been active in the recent weeks. Many of these streams do not consider a candidate’s CRS score. They may otherwise only need CRS scores that are lesser than the cut-off scores in federal draws.
Over the past 2 weeks, invitations to Express Entry candidates have been sent from provincial nominee streams in
- Prince Edward Island
- British Columbia
The invitations are sent to candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
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