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Canada Continues To Issue Express Entry Invitations Through Regular Draws


The Government of Canada has invited 606 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a draw held April 9. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score for this invitation round decreased by 22 points from the previous Provincial Nominee Program draw held March 18.

Today’s program-specific draw was the second in less than a month to target provincial nominee program candidates. Since March 18, IRCC held two other program-specific invitation rounds through the Express Entry system exclusively targeting Canadian Experience Class candidates and those with provincial nominations.
The Express Entry system is Canada’s principal source of skilled foreign workers. It manages the profiles of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled economic class immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.

A provincial nomination results in an additional 600 CRS points and effectively guarantees an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Canada’s various Provincial Nominee Program PNP streams have already held more than 30 draws since the start of 2020.

Under its 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan, the Government of Canada is targeting the admission of 341,000 immigrants in 2020, 351,000 in 2021, and another 361,000 in 2022. PNP admissions are set to increase by 20 per cent by 2022.

Minimum CRS score drops to 464 in second Express Entry draw in one day: 

3,294 Canadian Experience Class candidates invited to apply for permanent residence on April 9. A second Express Entry draw took place on Thursday, April 9, where a total of 3,294 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued to Canadian Experience Class candidates with ranking scores of 464 and above. This rare second draw within the same day saw the lowest minimum CRS score requirement since October 2019.

Earlier, Canada also invited 606 Express Entry Provincial nominee program candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence. IRCC applied a tie break rule in Latest draw; candidates had to have submitted their profiles before January 4, 2020. This means that all candidates with CRS scores above 464, as well as those with scores of 464 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an ITA.
The 3,294 ITAs issued in today’s draw have brought the total number of invitations issued in 2020 to 26,500.
Canada welcomed 341,000 newcomers in 2019.  It is targeting the admissions of 341,000 immigrants in 2020, an additional 351,000 in 2021, and another 361,000 in 2022.

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