A total of 3,782 candidates invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the Express Entry draw which took place on April 16, 2020. The cut-off CRS score in this draw was 455 which is lowest in this year so far. The cut-off score of 455 was 12 points lower than the cut-off score in the last CEC Express Entry draw, which was 467. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has now issued a total of 30,400 Invitations to Apply (ITA’s) in 2020 through the Express Entry system.
This is the fourth draw targeting exclusively Canadian Experience Class candidates in the history of Express Entry. Looking at recent draws targeting candidates of Canadian Experience Class and considering current unemployment rate, country’s economic growth and COVID-19 outbreak, it is likely that IRCC may increase the frequency of draws in coming quarter which may lower the minimum CRS score cut-off benefitting Canadian Experience Class candidates.
As per Government of Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2020-2022, Canada will welcome 341,000 new permanent residents in 2020, 351,000 in 2021, and 361,000 in 2022.
Express Entry is the application process for skilled workers in Canada or Overseas who want to settle in Canada permanently. Interested Candidates are required to submit an online application to express their interest by creating Express Entry (EE) profile and, providing information about their skills, work experience, language ability, education and some other details. After submitting the profile, candidates get a score to determine their place in the pool using the point-based system called Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS system considers skills, work experience, language ability, education and other factors (e.g. having a sibling in Canada, Canadian education or a valid job offer in Canada, etc.) to award points. Highest ranking candidates from Express Entry pool are regularly invited to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence. Express Entry manages applications for permanent residence under these federal economic immigration programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- Express Entry streams of the Provincial Nominee Programs
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