Invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence have been issued to 4,500 Express Entry candidates within the largest draw ever held by the Government of Canada on February 19.
The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score on this newest invitation round was 470, a lower of two points over the earlier draw held February 5.
The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for 3 of Canada’s major skilled labour immigration classes — the Federal Skilled Employee Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.
Eligible candidates are entered into the Express Entry pool and are ranked primarily based on a CRS score that considers elements such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.
A job offer isn’t required so as to be eligible for an Express Entry Invitation to Apply (ITA), although further CRS points are awarded if a candidate has one.
A set number of the highest-ranked candidates are issued an ITA for Canadian permanent residence via regular draws from the pool. These invitation rounds usually happen every two weeks and the overwhelming majority involve candidates from all three Express Entry-managed classes.
The Government of Canada has a processing standard of six months for permanent residence applications filed by the Express Entry system.
In an effort to attain this year’s 85,800 ITA goal for brand spanking new permanent resident admissions, the federal government wants to start out issuing larger numbers of invites in each draw.
At the moment, the draw is 4th of 2020 and brings the whole variety of ITAs issued this year to 14,800.
The tie break applied in the February 19 draw was January 13, 2020, at 10:52:52 UTC.
Which means all candidates with CRS scores above 470, in addition to those with scores of 470 who entered their profile within the Express Entry pool earlier than this date and time, acquired an ITA.
Express Entry candidates with scores beneath at present’s CRS cut-off have a wide range of potential choices to extend their total points, probably the most precious of which is a provincial nomination.
9 Canadian provinces and two territories have what is referred to as “enhanced” PNP streams which are linked to the Express Entry system.
A provincial nomination leads to an extra 600 CRS points and effectively ensures an invite to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
For the reason that the beginning of the year, a number of Canada’s Express Entry-aligned provincial nomination streams have issued invites, together with streams in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia.