Canada’s Express Entry draw was conducted on September 2, 2020, inviting 4,200 candidates to apply for PR in Canada. Among the successful candidates were those from the Federal Skilled Worker Program. This was also the third all-program draw after March 18, 2020. Counting the overall number of draws, this was draw number 162 held by IRCC.
The draw saw a 1-point drop in the minimum CRS score required of candidates compared to the all-program draw previously conducted on August 5, 2020. In this draw, the minimum CRS score needed was 475.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, an invitation of this volume was the largest. Before the pandemic, it was on February 19, 2020, that 4,500 invites were sent in an Express Entry draw. All we can see from this observation is that Canada has never slowed down on immigration to meet the high targets of immigrant intake in 2021 and farther.
IRCC used the tie-break rule in this draw. If you are new to this, the tie-break rule is used to rank candidates with the same CRS score. In the September 2 draw, the timestamp used was September 2, 2020, at 14:17:32 UTC. This means that if you are a candidate who either scores 475 and have submitted your Express Entry profile before the timestamp or you are a candidate who scored over 475 points, you received an ITA in this round of invitations.
As you may intelligently guess, the time between draws and the size of the draw influences the CRS cut-off score set for a draw. The shorter the gap between draws, the lower the cut-off score. Also, the larger the draw in size of invites, the lower the cut-off scores.
Those candidates who have a job offer in Canada already could be awarded extra CRS points. But a job offer isn’t mandatory for the candidate to participate in the draw.
Well, if you have been tracking the immigration Canada sets great standards for, you must already be aware that the standard processing time for PR applications is 6 months. This is for applications coming through the Express Entry system.
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CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
ITA – Invitation to Apply
IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
PR – Permanent Residence
FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program