Canada continues to holding a CEC-specific Express Entry draw after a PNP draw

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On the predicted lines, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted the second Express Entry draw in two days with an exuberant draw size of 3,300 invitations for Canada PR

The 161st draw held yesterday selected 3,300 candidates with prior work experience in Canada from the Express Entry pool. The Express Entry pool consists of applications qualifying for three immigration programs- the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skills Trades Program (FSTP). Each application is evaluated based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). A CRS score is dependent on mainly human capital factors like age, work experience, education, language proficiency in English or French. The highest-ranking candidates above a minimum qualifying score which is uniquely determined in each draw receive ITAs for permanent residency. 

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August 20 CEC-specific draw invited 3,300 candidates having a cut-off CRS score of 454. The increase of nine points over the previously held CEC-specific draw is attributed to more candidates being entered into the pool over the past month after the all-program draw on August 5

More often, candidates end-up with same CRS score and this confusion is avoided by using a tie-break rule. The tie-breaking rule for August 20 draw recorded timestamp of July 27, 2020, at 11:10:05 UTC. This meant that candidates having a CRS score of 454 and above were considered for issuing ITAs if their profile was submitted before the said due date and time.

Program-specific Express Entry draws held in 2020

In order to qualify for the PNP-specific draws, candidates must have already held a provincial nomination from any Canadian province running their own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Additionally, IRCC conducts specific nomination draws for Federal Skills Trades candidates. Such draws target semi-skilled workers having low CRS score and usually do not qualify for other draws.    


Draw Number Date Number of ITAs issues Minimum CRS
161 August 20 3300 454 (CEC-specific)
160 August 19 600 771 (PNP-specific)
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)



All-program Express Entry draws held in 2020

All-program Express Entry was a regularity before the current pandemic situation. Although IRCC resumed its popular all-program Express Entry draws after a gap of four months, the frequency of program-specific draws has increased sharply. All-program draws meant that skilled workers without a job offer have a fair chance to apply for Canada PR.  


Draw Number Date Number of ITAs issues Minimum CRS
158 August 5 3900 476
155 July 8 3900 478
138 March 4 3900 471
137 February 19 4500 470
136 February 5 3500 472
135 January 22 3400 471
134 January 8 3400 473


Total number of ITAs issued in 2020 via Express Entry draws amount to 65,750 which is higher than last year around the same time. CanApprove recommends interested aspirants to start planning their immigration to Canada now. We offer excellent immigration and overseas education consultancy. Talk to one of our consultants to know your eligibility and various options for immigration to Canada. 

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