In a rare occasion, the Immigration, Refugees and the Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted a nomination draw for candidates who qualify under the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). The previous draw was held last year in October.
In the second Express Entry draws in two days, a total of 250 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in Canada were issued to eligible FSTP candidates registered in the Express Entry pool. Yesterday’s all-program Express Entry had an exuberate draw size and covered more categories of skilled workers abroad.
Any candidate registered in the Express Entry pool is assessed and ranked against one another using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). It scores registered candidates on a total of 1200 points that is based on factors such as age, education, work experience and language proficiency. August 6 draw required the FSTP candidates to have a CRS cut-off score of at least 415 in order to be considered for an ITA.
Express Entry system and the Federal Skilled Trades Program
Since its introduction in 2015, the Express Entry system has remained the number one immigration pathway for economic-class immigrants to obtain permanent residence in Canada. It is a federally-managed system for a pool of candidates under three programs- the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skills Trade Program, and the Canada Experience Class. Apart from these, every Canadian province has at least one dedicated stream under its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) which is linked to Express Entry pool.
The FSTP is an exclusive pathway for permanent residence that caters to skilled workers in specific skilled trade. Such candidates would require at least two years of work experience in one of the following trades and occupations:
- maintenance, equipment operation;
- industrial, electrical and construction;
- Control operators in processing, manufacturing, utilities;
- technical and supervisor jobs in primary sectors like agriculture, mining etc.;
- chefs; butchers or bakers.
Thanks to FSTP, interested candidates even with low CRS can now obtain permanent residence in Canada. Fill-up this free assessment to know your chances.
Canada Express Entry draws in 2020
A total of 18 program-specific Express Entry draws were conducted in 2020 in addition to 7 all-program draws. Candidates with provincial nominations are separately selected through PNP-specific draws whereas those with prior work experience in Canada are eligible to receive ITAs in the CEC-specific draws.
August 6 is only the 7th FSTP draw since 2015.
|Draw Number||Date||Number of ITAs issues||Minimum CRS|
|159||August 6||250||415 (FSTP- specific)|
|157||July 24||3343||445 (CEC-specific)|
|156||July 22||557||687 (PNP-specific)|
|154||June 25||3508||431 (CEC-specific)|
|153||June 24||392||696 (PNP-specific)|
|152||June 11||3551||437 (CEC-specific)|
|151||June 10||341||743 (PNP-specific)|
|150||May 28||3515||440 (CEC-specific)|
|149||May 27||385||757 (PNP-specific)|
|148||May 15||3371||447 (CEC-specific)|
|147||May 13||529||718 (PNP-specific)|
|146||May 1||3311||452 (CEC-specific)|
|145||April 29||589||692 (PNP-specific)|
|144||April 16||3782||455 (CEC-specific)|
|143||April 15||118||808 (PNP-specific)|
|142||April 9||3294||464 (CEC-specific)|
|141||April 9||606||698 (PNP-specific)|
|140||March 23||3232||467 (CEC-specific)|
|139||March 18||668||720 (PNP-specific)|
Prior to the current travel restrictions, IRCC regularly conducted fortnightly Express Entry. It was modified to program-specific draws to meet the demands imposed due to travel restrictions. Irrespective of all-program draws resuming from July 8, Canada has already issued 61,850 ITAs in 2020. It is the most invitations issued on this day compared to every other year.
Going forward, CanApprove advises all the aspiring permanent residents to continue planning their immigration as the prospects of settling in Canada is bright in the near future. Talk to our consultants to know your eligibility and various other options such as Business Investors or Entrepreneurs program in Canada.