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Canada Now Issuing Invitations To Apply To Federal Skilled Worker Program

Canada’s first all-program Express Entry draw since March 4 has issued 3,900 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. Candidates needed a CRS score of at least 478 to be invited in the July 8 invitation round.

Express Entry draws have been limited to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates and left FSWP and Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSTP) candidates in limbo. Since the coronavirus was labelled a pandemic and Canada introduced travel restriction to prevent its spread. 

Most CEC candidates are already in Canada and therefore are not affected by Canada’s current travel restrictions. PNP candidates continue to be invited as well to allow provinces to meet their labour market needs. It is important to note however that even when Canada was excluding FSWP and FSTP candidates, some of the CEC and PNP candidates being invited in previous draws were also outside of Canada.

This latest draw was the same size as the previous all-program invitation round held March 4, which issued 3,900 ITAs. It is the 22nd draw of 2020 and brings the total number of ITAs issued this year to 53,800, a new record for this date. The minimum score of 478 was seven points higher than the previous all-program invitation round on March 4, which had a cut-off score of 471. The higher CRS cut-off is a function of FSWP candidates once again securing ITAs.

The Express Entry system is Canada’s primary source of skilled foreign workers. It was introduced in 2015 to manage the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s three federal high-skilled immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Program,  Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Eligible candidates for each program are issued a score under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which awards points for 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.

Find out if you are eligible for any Canadian immigration programs.

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