Canada has resumed all-program draw and is now rendering invitations to apply to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates.
Canada’s first all-program draw since March 4 has rolled out 3,900 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. Candidates required a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of a minimum of 478 to be invited in the July 8 invitation rounds.
Since the coronavirus was called a pandemic and Canada introduced travel restrictions to prevent its spread, Express Entry draws have been limited to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates. This left the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates in limbo.
Most CEC candidates are already residing in Canada and therefore are not impacted by Canada’s current travel restrictions. PNP candidates continue to be invited as well to enable provinces to meet their labour market plans.
It is, however, important to note however that even when Canada was excluding FSTP and FSWP candidates, some of the CEC and Provincial nominee candidates being invited in previous draws were also outside of Canada.
Today’s draw was the same number of size as the previous all-program invitation round conducted March 4, which issued 3,900 invitations.
It is the 22nd draw of 2020 and brings the total number of invitations rolled out this year to 53,800, a new record for this date.
This minimum score of 478 was seven points bigger than the previous all-program invitation rounds on March 4, which had a cut-off score of 471.
The higher CRS cut-off is a function of FSWP candidates once again obtaining invitations. Given the length of time since the last draw featuring FSWP candidates, today’s draw featured invitations to apply to candidates with higher CRS scores who would have otherwise been invited in previous months had the COVID-19 not affected IRCC’s Express Entry policies.
Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada used its tie-break rule in today’s draw. The timestamp used was February, 11, at 13:08:31 UTC.
This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 478, as well as those applicants with scores of 478 who entered their profiles in the Express Entry pool before the selected date and time, received invitations in this round.
The Express Entry system is Canada’s major source of skilled foreign workers. It was launched in 2015 to manage the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s federal high-skilled immigration programs or streams — the Federal Skilled Trade Program, Federal Skilled Workers Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Qualified candidates for each program are allotted a score under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which awards points for factors such as age, educational qualifications, skilled work experience and proficiency in French or English.
While a job offer is not needed in order to be eligible under the Express Entry system, the CRS does award extra points to candidates who have one.
A specified number of the highest-scoring candidates are granted an invitation to apply for Canadian immigration via regular draws from the pool, which normally take place every two weeks.
The Government of Canada has a processing standard of six months for Canadian permanent residence applications lodged through the Express Entry system.