Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the latest express draw on September 4 to issue invitations to total 3,600 express entry candidates to apply for Canada Permanent Residence Visa.
Express Entry Program – Flagship program for skilled immigration, manages the profiles of the candidates who have registered under Canada’s three skilled immigration programs – Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Being a points-based program, it uses a ranking system – Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), that ranks the basis of the profile on the CRS points. These points are awarded to the express profiles based on the selection factors like age, language proficiency, work experience, arranged employment, etc.
Once a candidate has registered under any of the skilled immigration programs that are mentioned above, their profiles are submitted into the express pool. With the use of CRS, profiles are ranked in the express pool. Through frequently held express draw, IRCC issues Invitation to Apply (ITA) to the higher-ranked profiles.
In the latest express draw held on September 4th, minimum CRS points required in order to get the ITA was set at 463 points which is an increase of six points from the previous CRS cut-off of the express draw held on August 20th.
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With 3,600 invitations in this round of invitations (17th of 2019), a total of 59,800 invitations has been till this points in the year 2019. In 2018 till this point of year, 54,700 ITAs has been issued, which is 5,100 ITAs less than 2019s. The previous year of 2018 set the record for the most number of invitations issued in a single year with 89,800 ITAs. This increased difference in ITAs issue is in line with Canada’s three-year immigration plan for higher admission rate for skilled immigrants for year 2019, 2020 & 2021.
To see the fluctuation in the CRS cut-off, the main factor is the time interval between two consecutive express draws. With the less time difference between two consecutive draws, it allows less time to replenish the express pool with skilled immigrants. This case can be seen with the express draw held on August 20th which took place within 8 days of the previous express draw of August 12th, with CRS cut-off decreasing from 466 to 457 points.
In the latest express draw, it took place after 15 days that led to increase in the minimum CRS point’s requirement.
IRCC used their Tie-break rule with time stamp used was August 23, 2019, at 13:33:34 UTC. This means the candidates who have entered into the express pool before the used time stamp and have the minimum CRS points of 463 points, were issued the ITA to apply for Canada PR visa to IRCC.
If the express entry candidate is not able to meet the minimum CRS point’s requirement, one of the major ways to increase their CRS score is getting the provincial nomination certificate. For an express entry candidate to get the provincial nomination, it gives a boost of 600 points to their CRS score.
Alberta, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia have been some of the provinces that have been active in issuing invitations after the previous express draw of August 20th.
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Provincial Nominations have held a total of 170 draws since the starting of the year which is ten times more than the express draws held in 2019.
Reference is taken from CIC news.
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