In the two Express Entry draws held in a gap of just a few hours on April 9, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited a total of 3900 candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The first draw that exclusively targeted provincial nominees issued 606 invitations and the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score was 698.
Tie-break rule was applied in this draw, time stamp given being December 18, 2020 at 11:29:51 UTC. It means not all candidates who had scored a minimum of 698 CRS points received invitations as the draw prioritized those who had submitted their Express Entry profiles before the said date and time.
A provincial nomination guarantees an Invitation to Apply for Canada PR from the IRCC for a candidate, as an additional 600 CRS score points are added to their total CRS score. Since the last all-program Express Entry draw held on March 4, the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) of Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia have issued a number of nominations through their streams aligned to Express Entry.
The second Express Entry draw held on the day targeted candidates belonging to Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The minimum CRS score required was 464 and a total of 3294 candidates were invited. IRCC is conducting an exclusive Express Entry draw for Canadian Experience Class for the second time in a gap of just one month.
To be eligible to apply for Canada immigration through Canadian Experience Class(CEC), one of the three major economic immigration programs managed under the Express Entry system, a candidate must have work experience of at least one year in Canada and meet other eligibility criteria. The tie-break rule was applied in this draw too and the time stamp given was January 4, 2020, at 12:16:45 UTC.
Probably because of the COVID-19 crisis, all-program Express Entry draws were not held the last one month. However, giving hope to immigration applicants, Canada continues to process the applications despite the COVID-19 crisis.
Express Entry draws held so far in 2020
|Draw Number||Date||Number of ITAs issued||Minimum CRS score|
|142||April 9||3,294||464(CEC-specific draw)|
|141||April 9||606||698(PNP-specific draw)|
|140||March 23||3232||467 (CEC-specific draw)|
|139||March 18||668||720(PNP-specific draw)|
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