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CRS Minimum Score Drops To 470 And Issued 4500 Invitations In Latest Express Entry Draw

Invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence have been issued to 4,500 Express Entry candidates in the largest draw ever held by the Government of Canada on February 19.
The minimum CRS score in this latest invitation round was 470, a decrease of 2 points over the previous draw held February 5.

Eligible candidates are entered into the Express Entry pool and are ranked based on a CRS score that considers factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French. The Government of Canada has a processing standard of six months for permanent residence applications filed through the Express Entry system.

The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main skilled labour immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

In order to reach this year’s 85,800 ITA target for new permanent resident admissions, the government needs to start issuing larger numbers of invitations in every draw. This draw is the 4th of 2020 and brings the total number of ITAs issued this year to 14,800.

The tie break applied in the February 19 draw was January 13, 2020 at 10:52:52 UTC. This means that all candidates with CRS scores above 470, as well as those with scores of 470 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an ITA.

Nine Canadian provinces and two territories have what are known as “enhanced” PNP streams that are linked to the Express Entry system.

A provincial nomination results in an additional 600 CRS points and effectively guarantees an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Since the start of the year, several of Canada’s Express Entry-aligned provincial nomination streams have issued invitations, including streams in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia.

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