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Canada 160th Express Entry Draw Updates

On Aug 19th, Canada held its 160th Express Entry Draw, inviting 600 Candidates with CRS of 771.  Invited candidates needed a provincial nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in order to be selected. PNP recipients automatically get 600 CRS points added to their base human capital score.

Today’s draw was the third round this month to issue Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence.

Another 250 ITAs were issued to Express Entry candidates nominated through the Federal Skilled Trades Program on August 6. The minimum CRS score for candidates selected in that rare draw was 415.

The day before, on August 5, Canada also issued 3,900 ITAs to candidates with scores of 476 in an all-program draw.

Express Entry is the application system that manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three main economic immigration classes — the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)  and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Eligible candidates for each program are issued a score under Express Entry’s CRS, which awards points for factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

While a job offer is not required in order to be eligible under the Express Entry system, the CRS does award additional points to candidates who have one.

Today’s draw was the 27th draw of 2020 and brings the total number of ITAs issued this year to 62,450, a new record for this date. This means that despite the current COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s government is still working towards its immigration targets for 2020.

The Government of Canada has a processing standard of six months for permanent residence applications filed through the Express Entry system.

Know more details about this draw.

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