Invitations to apply for Canadian immigration have been sent out to 4,500 candidates in the largest Express Entry draw ever conducted by the Government of Canada on February 19.
The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in this new invitation round was 470, a reduction of two (2) points over the previous draw conducted February 5.
The Express Entry system manages and controls the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s major skilled labour immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Trades Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class, and Canadian Experience Class.
Qualified candidates are entered into the Express Entry pool and are ranked accordingly by a CRS score that considers factors such as age, educational qualification, skilled work experience and proficiency in French or English.
An employment offer is not required in order to be qualified for an Express Entry Invitation to Apply (ITA), though extra CRS points are given if a candidate has one.
A set number of the highest-ranked candidates are granted an ITA for Canadian immigration through regular draws from the pool. These invitation rounds normally take place every two weeks and the large majority involve applicants from all three (3) Express Entry-managed categories.
The Canadian government has a processing standard of six months for permanent residence applications lodged through the Express Entry system.
In order to attain this year’s 85,800 invitations target for new permanent resident admissions, Canada needs to start issuing vast numbers of ITAs in every draw.
Today’s draw is the 4th of 2020 and brings the total number of invitations issued this year to 14,800.
The tie break applied in the Feb. 19 draw was Jan. 13, 2020, at 10:52:52 UTC.
This means that all applicants with CRS scores above 470, as well as those with scores of 470 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool prior this date and time, got an invitation.
Candidate with lower Express Entry scores in today’s CRS cut-off has a variety of potential options to increase their total points, the most valuable of which is a provincial nomination.
Nine Canadian provinces and two territories have what is known as “enhanced” PNP stream that is connected to the Express Entry system.
A provincial nomination results in an extra 600 CRS points and effectively assures an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Since the beginning of the year, several of Canada’s Express Entry-linked provincial nomination streams have issued invitations, including streams in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, and British Columbia.
Below is hypothetical examples of Express Entry candidates who would have received an ITA in the today’s draw:
Harish and Deepa are married and are Thirty-four (34) and Thirty (30) years old respectively. They both hold a masters’ degree and have been working as financial auditors for five and four years respectively. They both wrote the IELTS and score an a 7.5 in speaking, 8 in listening, a 7 in writing and reading.
Neither Deepa nor Harish has ever studied or worked in Canada. They entered the Express Entry pool with Deepa as the principal applicant. Their CRS score of 470 would have been good enough to obtain an invitation during the Feb. 19 Express Entry draw.
Zaina is Twenty-Nine (29), holds a bachelor’s degree and has been working as a teacher for five (5) years. She has an advanced French language proficiency and a sibling who is a Canadian citizen living in Toronto. While Zaina has never studied or worked in Canada, her CRS score of 471 would have been good enough to obtain an invitation during the Feb.19 Express Entry draw.