Canada’s latest Express Entry invites 4500 candidates for PR


The latest Express Entry draw was conducted in Canada on Feb 19, 2020. The draw had 4,500 invitations issued to candidates eligible for permanent residence. This time, the CRS cut-off score was fixed at 470. This was 2 points lower than the previous draw’s cut-off point.

Acting as a major pathway for skilled immigrants, the Express Entry adds applicants to an applicants’ pool. The applicants’ pool serves 3 main economic migration programs in Canada. These are:

  • FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program)
  • FSTC (Federal Skilled Trades Class)
  • CEC (Canadian Experience Class)

A comprehensive ranking system score is applied to eligible applicants who enter the Express Entry pool. The parameters that decide the ranking include age, qualification, work experience, etc.

An applicant to be placed in the Express Entry pool does not need a job offer from Canada. Even so, a job offer can add extra points to the CRS score. This will give them weightage over others.

Candidates who get the highest CRS scores get invited in regular draws. These draws are conducted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The frequency of these draws is generally every two weeks.  The candidates are invited under all three major economic immigration programs.

From the date of receiving the invitation, the candidate gets 60 working days to apply for Canadian PR. The processing time for such applications under the Express Entry Program is 6 months.

The target for new admissions for 2020 is set at 85,800 by the Canadian Government. Achieving this target will be possible only if the Canadian government issues many invites in every draw.

Including this draw, the fourth one of 2020, Canada has so far issued 14,800 invitations. The tie break rule used in this draw used the date and time 13th January 2020 at 10:52:52 UTC.

The tie break rule applies to candidates who gets the cut-off point of the draw. Under this rule, a tie break date will be issued to decide on which candidates with the exact cut-off point gets invites. Those candidates whose applications were already in the Express Entry pool or is present on the tie break date will receive invites.

Candidates who scored 470 or more points and submitted their profiles on or before 13th February received invites.

Tips to increase CRS scores

There are different ways to increase the CRS score. The most valuable is participating in a Provincial Nomination Program (PNP). There are enhanced PNP streams from provinces as well as territories in Canada. These are aligned with the Express Entry Program. Obtaining a provincial nomination brings up your CRS score by 600 points.

This year till now, several provinces of Canada issued invitations for provincial nomination. These provinces include British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, and Prince Edward Island.

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