Canada immigration in 2020: Great today, greater tomorrow

Canada draws 2020

The history of Canada immigration is an inspiring account of prudent policies put in action. Canada has not fudged to even the worst scenarios lately in the form of COVID-19 pandemic. It has kept its immigration processes going, addressing the essential services that need to be kept functioning.

These include agriculture and food processing and supply services.

Regular immigration draws have been consistently conducted in Canada until now in 2020. Though there have been border restrictions put in place owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, the draws kept on happening. The candidates aimed at grew more targeted and the human resources available in the country were given preference.

On May 28, 2020, the 150th Express entry draw for permanent residency was conducted. The draw was conducted for the stream of Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Another major trend that Canada’s immigration draws exhibited was the lowering minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement.

CRS is a grading given to the candidate profiles that have been submitted to the federal Express Entry system pool. The grading leads to prioritizing the candidates based on the parameters like:

Candidate’s age, education, work experience, and language proficiency in English and French

If applicable, the same factors for a common-law partner or spouse

Skill transferability factors like language ability and foreign work experience

Other factors like job offers, provincial nomination, French language abilities, studies in Canada, and having a Canadian citizen or permanent resident as sibling

The maximum CRS score attainable is 1,200.

During a draw, federal or Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), these top-ranking profiles get selected. These candidates are sent invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence when Canadian provinces pick skilled candidates to work and contribute to their specific industries or economic areas.

Also, when these candidates get such a nomination from a province, their CRS score increases with an additional 600 points granted, effectively assuring that they get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) during a forthcoming Canada Express Entry draw.

The CRS score requirement has been going down consistently in 2020, which means that more candidates have the chance to get selected. 440 was the lowest rank of a candidate in 2020 and 3,515 ITAs have been issued.

These features of Canadian immigration draw should make you interested to know about the next draw happening in 2020. But these draws are not exactly happening in a set pattern.

A clue that can however be given taken from old draws is that the draws tend to happen on Wednesdays, every 2 weeks.

Canada’s immigration plan for the period until 2021 is quite ambitious. The intended numbers of immigrant influx have been revealed in the Government of Canada’s immigration plan for 2019-2021. The targets are:

  • Approximately 256,000 new permanent residents over these 3 years through the 3 Express Entry programs namely:
    • Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
    • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
    • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
  • Additional 200,000 immigrants through PNP

Here’s how Canada PR immigration has performed till now in 2020:

Draw Date of ITA No. of ITAs issued Minimum CRS points
#134 2020/01/08 3,400 473
#135 2020/01/22 3,400 471
#136 2020/02/05 3,500 472
#137 2020/02/19 4,500 470
#138 2020/03/04 3,900 471
#139 (PNP) 2020/03/18 668 720
#140 (CEC) 2020/03/23 3,232 467
#141 (PNP) 2020/04/09 606 698
#142 (CEC) 2020/04/09 3,294 464
#143 (PNP) 2020/04/15 118 808
#144 (CEC) 2020/04/16 3,782 455
#145 (PNP) 2020/04/29 589 692
#146 (CEC) 2020/05/01 3,311 452
#147 (PNP) 2020/05/13 529 718
#148 (CEC) 2020/05/15 3,371 447
#149 (PNP) 2020/05/27 385 757
#150 (CEC) 2020/05/28 3,515 440

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