Canada held its 160th Express Entry draw, inviting would-be immigrants to apply for permanent residence on August 19.
The new Express Entry round issued 600 invitations to candidates with a score of 771. Invited candidates needed a provincial nomination from a PNP to be selected. PNP beneficiaries automatically get 600 CRS points added to their basic human capital score.
Today’s draw was the third round this month to issue invitations to apply for permanent residence in Canada. On August 6, another 250 ITAs were issued to Express Entry candidates offered under the Federal Skilled Trades Program. The day before, August 5, Canada also issued 3,900 ITAs to applicants who obtained marks of 476 in a draw for all programs.
If Canada continues the pattern it started after the coronavirus lockdown on March 18, then there is a chance tomorrow that a Canadian Experience Class draw will take place.
Express Entry is the application system that manages the applicant pool for the three main categories of economic immigration to Canada – Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Class of Canadian experience.
Top-ranked applicants in the Express Entry pool receive ITAs in regular invitation rounds.
Today’s draw was the 27th draw of 2020 and brings the total number of ITAs issued this year to 62,450, a new record for that date. This means that despite the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is still working to meet its immigration targets for 2020.
Today’s minimum score of 771 points was the highest CRS score threshold of the year. This could be in part because a large number of applicants are part of the Express Entry pool.
The time between draws is an important factor that can affect the CRS cutoff score. Shorter intervals between draws mean fewer applicants have time to enter a profile into the Express Entry pool.
IRCC used its tie-break rule in today’s draw. The timestamp used was July 24, 2020, at 11:29:33 UTC. This means that all applicants with a CRS score above 771, as well as applicants with scores of 771 who entered their profile into the Express Entry pool before the selected date and time, received an ITA in this round.
The tie-break rule is used to rank candidates who have the same CRS score. A candidate’s CRS score remains the primary selection factor for candidates to be invited to apply for permanent residence.
Eligible applicants for each program are given a score under the Express Entry CRS, which awards points for factors such as age, education, qualified work experience, and English proficiency or French.
Although a job offer is not required to be eligible under the Express Entry system, CRS awards additional points to applicants who have one.
A number of the top-rated applicants receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada through regular pool draws, which typically take place every two weeks.
The Government of Canada has a six-month processing standard for permanent residence applications filed through the Express Entry system.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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