Canada held another draw for all programs, inviting Express Entry applicants to apply for permanent residence.
Canada issued 3,900 invitations to apply for Canada PR Visa in the latest express entry draw on August 5. Applicants had to have a score of at least 476 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to be invited to this round of invitation.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 3,900 ITAs through Express Entry every two weeks for most of 2020. On July 8, IRCC held a draw for all programs before reverting to program-specific draws on July 22 and 23, suggesting that it may start to alternate between these two types of draws as things slowly return to normal.
The number of ITAs issued in 2020 was not affected by the temporary policy changes and remained constant throughout the year. The year began with two draws of 3,400 ITAs each in January, followed by a draw of 3,500 ITAs and a record 4,500 ITAs in February. Since March, IRCC has organized 21 express entry draws and issued nearly 40,000 ITAs.
Express Entry is the application system that manages the applicant pool for Canada’s three main economic immigration categories – the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Category (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class(CEC).
Top-ranked applicants in the Express Entry pool receive ITAs in regular invitation rounds. Today’s draw was the 25th draw of 2020 and brings the total number of ITAs issued this year to 61,600, a new record for that date.
Today’s minimum score of 476 was two points lower than the previous round of invitation for all programs on July 8, which had a cut-off score of 478.
The higher CRS threshold is a function of FSWP candidates who re-secure the ITAs. Today, ITAs were sent to applicants with higher CRS scores who would otherwise have been invited in the previous months had the coronavirus pandemic not affected IRCC’s Express Entry policies.
The time between draws is an important factor that can affect the CRS cut-off score. Longer intervals between draws mean more 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 27, 01:02:47 UTC. This means that all applicants with a CRS score above 476 points, as well as applicants with scores of 476 points who entered their profile into the Express Entry pool before the selected date and time, received an ITA in this round of invitation.
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 receive a score under the Express Entry CRS, which awards points for factors such as age, education, qualified work experience, and proficiency in English or French.
Candidates do not require a job offer to be eligible for the program, but it does affect their CRS score.
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 Canada PR Visa applications filed through the Express Entry system.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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