The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3900 candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the Express Entry draw held on March 4. The invited candidates had a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 471. In the previous Express Entry draw held on February 19, the minimum cut-off score was 470 and invitations were issued to 4500 candidates.
Tie-break rule was applied in the March 4 Express Entry draw as in the previous draws. The time stamp given was February 24, 2020 at 06:02:57 UTC. It means not all candidates with a CRS score of 471 received ITAs in the latest draw, but only those who had submitted their Express Entry profiles before the said date and time.
Tie-break rule was applied in the March 4 Express Entry draw as in the previous draws. The time stamp given was February 24, 2020 at 06:02:57 UTC. It means not all candidates with a CRS score of 471 received ITAs in the latest draw, but only those who had
submitted their Express Entry profiles before the said date and time.
By 2021, Canada is planning to increase the immigration levels up to 350,000. Among the total number of immigrants to be admitted during this period, around 90000 candidates will be admitted through Express Entry. According to immigration experts, the high immigration target set by Canada is likely to prevent CRS cut-off score shooting up any further in the near future. So, candidates with CRS score in the current range can expect receive an ITA soon.
The Express Entry draw held on March 4 is the 5th draw to have held in 2020 so far and in all these draws, IRCC has issued a total of 18,700 invitations. Canada plans to issue a total of ITAs 85,800 this year through Express Entry and a high number of ITAs is being issued in successive draws with an aim to meet this target.
The first step for a candidate to migrate to Canada through Express Entry is to create an Express Entry profile. Each of these profiles are assessed on the basis of various eligibility factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency etc. and awarded a Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score out of 1200. The highest scoring candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada by the IRCC, in the federal Express Entry draws which are usually conducted in every two weeks.
To enter the Express Entry pool, the candidate must prove their eligibility under one of the three federal economic immigration programs, which are Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class, or Federal Skilled Trades Class. The Express Entry candidates, who have received provincial nomination through one of the streams/categories aligned to the federal Express Entry system, will have 600 additional CRS score points added to their total score. So they surely receive an invitation from IRCC to apply for Canada PR in the subsequent Express Entry draw.
Express Entry draws held so far in 2020
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