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  • Express Entry(All Program) No. 158: CRS drops 2 points from previous all-program draw

    Canada issued 3,900 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in a draw held August 5. Candidates needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 476 to be invited in this invitation round.

    Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been issuing 3,900 ITAs through Express Entry every two weeks for most of 2020. While IRCC deviated from all-program draws between March 18 and July 8 and was targeting candidates in only two specific programs during that period, that changed last month. On July 8, IRCC held an all-program draw before returning again to program-specific draws on July 22 and July 23, suggesting 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 one draw of 3,500 ITAs and a record-breaking 4, 500 in February. Since March, IRCC held 21 draws and issued close to 40,000 ITAs.

    Express Entry is the application system that manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three main economic immigration classes — the Federal Skilled Worker Program(FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)  and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

    The highest-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pool are issued 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 this date.

    Today’s minimum score of 476 was two points lower than the previous all-program invitation round on July 8, which had a cut-off score of 478.

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    Eligible candidates for each program are issued a score under Express Entry’s CRS, which awards points for factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

    While a job offer is not required in order to be eligible under the Express Entry system, the CRS does award additional points to candidates who have one.

    A set number of the highest-scoring candidates are issued an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool, which typically take place every two weeks.

    The Government of Canada has a processing standard of six months for permanent residence applications filed through the Express Entry system.

    Source: IRCC

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