Canada conducted an Express Entry draw on July 23, 2020. Invitations were sent to 3,343 candidates who belonged to the CEC (Canadian Experience Class) category. The candidates qualified for an ITA (Invitation to Apply) in this draw had a minimum CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score of 445.
Comparing to the cut-off score in the previous CEC draw conducted on June 25, 2020, this score was 14 points higher. The entry of more candidates into the pool after the all-program draw 8th July caused the increase in the minimum CRS score required.
CEC draws like this were conducted by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) as part of Canada immigration policy to target specific categories of candidates only since the COVID-19 restrictions started. The CEC draws took place alternatively with PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) specific draws.
On July 22, 2020, IRCC had conducted a PNP-specific draw inviting 557 candidates who received ITAs.
To conduct immigration Canada uses the Express Entry system that manages applications for 3 economic-class programs namely:
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
The provincial programs run by some Canadian provinces also run aligned with the federal Express Entry system.
The profiles candidates submit to the Express Entry pool are graded based on their CRS scores. The CRS score is determined by considering key factors like work experience, education, age, and proficiency in English or French language. In few cases, even the date and time at which the profile was created also becomes a factor considered for ranking purpose.
A tie-break was applied in this draw. The date and time chosen considered was July 12, 2020, at 15:16:55 UTC. This means that a candidate will be invited if his/her profile was submitted prior to this date and time.
With this draw, the total number of invitations issued this year so far has come up to 57,700. The number is quite impressive as despite going through the COVID-19 crisis, Canada has managed to exceed the number of invitations sent last year at the same period of time.
The facility to submit Express Entry profile is open and candidates may do so even with COVID-19 related restrictions still implemented.
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