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Second Express Entry Draw Held 23 March 2020 Invites 3232 Candidates With CRS 467


Second Express Entry draw in five days invites candidates with scores as low as 467. The Canadian Experience Class-specific Express Entry draw is the second of its kind since 2015.

The Canadian Government has released the details of this week’s Express Entry draw, inviting 3,232 candidates to apply for permanent residence with CRS as low as 467 in a new Express Entry draw held March 23, 2020.

The program-specific draw was the second since 2015 to specifically target candidates in the Canadian Experience Class, which is open to foreign nationals with at least one year of work experience in Canada, among other criteria.

The Canadian Experience Class is one of three Federal High Skilled immigration programs managed by the Express Entry system. The other two are the Federal Skilled Worker Class and the Federal Skilled Trades Class.

The previous Express Entry draw held March 18 only included candidates that had provincial nominations and issued 668 invitations to apply ITAs. Given Canada’s higher admission targets for its three Federal High Skilled immigration programs in 2020 and 2021, it is expected that Immigration, Refugees Citizenship Canada IRCC will hold more frequent and larger draws in the weeks and months to come.

Unlike all-program invitation rounds, which draw from the entire Express Entry pool and tend to result in higher cut-off scores, niche draws for a specific cohort like Canadian Experience Class candidates can produce lower cut-off scores given they target a smaller pool of candidates.

Today’s cut-off score of 467 was three points lower than the lowest cut-off score this year in an all-program Express Entry draw, which was 470.

This draw brings the total number of ITAs issued so far this year through Canada’s Express Entry system to 22,600.

Today’s draw is a reminder of the various ways Express Entry candidates with lower CRS scores may receive an ITA. Several Express Entry-aligned provincial nomination streams also have lower CRS requirements compared to all-program federal draws. Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 CRS points and are effectively guaranteed an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence. In order to be considered for a nomination through most Express Entry-aligned provincial streams, the first step is to submit an Express Entry profile.

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