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Canada Immigration Conducts New Express Entry Draw With 3,600 Candidates Invited

Canada immigration authorities held a new Express Entry draw, giving out Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to 3,600 fresh applicants. The September 4th draw saw the minimum CRS scores expanded by six points to 463.

The draw saw Canada immigration authorities (IRCC) return to its regular Wednesday slot after the previous two draws that held on a Monday and a Tuesday.

An Immigration spokesperson said the move away from the usual Wednesday draws was due to system maintenance requirements.

This was the fifth consecutive draw in which 3,600 invitations were given out. Canada’s immigration authorities have now invited 59,800 applicants in 2019, as against a high-skilled immigration admission goal of 81,400.

IRCC, however, surpasses the record for annual Express Entry ITAs in 2018 with 89,800.

The draw saw the tie-breaking rule carried out on August 23, 2019, at 9.33am EST. If more than one applicant had the minimum CRS score, only those who filed their Express Entry profiles prior this date and time get invitations.

This was the 125th overall draw and the 18th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2019.

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Source: immigration.ca

What is the Express Entry System?

The Express Entry system is an immigration tool operated and managed by Canadian immigration authorities (IRCC) on January 1, 2015, which manages the application of economic skilled immigration to Canada. This includes the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Canada Experience Class and some aspect of the Provincial Nomination Programs.

Stakeholders anticipate nearly Thirty (30) draws and more than 80,000 invitations sent out in 2019, with most of the draws featuring CRS scores below 460 to allow the Canadian immigration authorities to meet the set annual immigration targets for 2019.

Minimum CRS Scores For 2019 All-Program Draws

How Are Express Entry Profile Points Determined?

Your Express Entry profile will acquire points based on the following:

  • Your education level or qualification;
  • Your proficiency in French and/or English (Canada’s two official languages);
  • Your skills and work experience;
  • Your age;
  • If you have an employment offer in Canada; and
  • Your spouse’s education, language proficiencies and work experience.

Extra points are also given if you have completed a university and college program in Canada or if you have secured a provincial nomination.

How Does Express Entry Choose People for PR?

Once you create and submit a profile, your profile will be entered into a pool (group) of all the applicants who have currently applied under Express Entry.

You will then be ranked accordingly against other people in the pool. Your ranking is calculated based on the number of points you obtain.

If you are at the top of the rankings, your profile will be nominated or selected from the list of applications. You will then receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence as a skilled immigrant.

IRCC has an up-to-date notice about the number of ITAs being sent out and a minimum number of points you require to secure an ITA.

What Can Employers Do to Recruit Foreign Workers?

Employers are required to consider obtaining an LMIA or nomination under provincial nomination programs (PNPs) to effectively guarantee long term retention of employees.

What Candidates Are Expected To Do Next?

It is anticipated that the majority of candidates to be granted ITAs in 2019 will need a CRS to score well under 460 points, enabling a good number of candidates to receive Canadian permanent resident without a job offer or nomination under a provincial nominee immigration program. But, obtaining a valid job offer is highly recommended.