The federal government of Canada has issued 3,311 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Express Entry candidates through the new Canadian Experience Class draw conducted May 1.
The invitations were rolled out to Express Entry candidates under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The least Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores for these candidates was 452.
This is the lowest CRS requirement so far this year, three points under the April 16 Canadian Experience Class draw that had a minimum CRS cut off of 455.
Another 589 invitations were rolled out to Express Entry candidate nominated through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) late last week. The minimum CRS score for these applicants was 692.
Express Entry candidates with provincial nominations receive an extra 600 points toward their CRS scores, which explains the higher cut-off score. For instance, a candidate who enters the Express Entry system with a CRS score of 300 and then gets a nomination from a Canadian province would see their CRS score soared to 900.
Canada’s immigration Ministry (IRCC) used its tie-break rule in this draw and the date and time used was October 10, 2019 at 19:15:28 UTC. This means that all CEC applicants with a CRS score above 452 as well as those applicants with scores of 452 who lodged their profile before this date and time, received an invitation in this invitation round.
Today’s draw brings the total ITAs issued in 2020 to 34,300.
Increased Frequency of Program-specific Invitation Round
Program-specific invitation round are no longer the exception to the norm for Express Entry draw. Since travel restrictions were initiated on March 18, IRCC has conducted eight program-specific draws focusing specifically on Provincial Nominee Program and new Canadian Experience Class applicants.
Both categories of candidates are most likely to be already in Canada than those coming via other Express entry programs, which means they will not be affected by the current travel restrictions.
Before the outbreak, the vast majority of draws included candidates from all program managed under the Express Entry system.
The last time an all-program draw was conducted was March 4, 2020. That draw, saw 3,900 applicants receive invitations with a minimum CRS score of 471.
The Express Entry system is Canada’s principal main source of skilled foreign worker. It supervises or manages the profiles of candidates for Canada’s three major Federal High Skilled economic class immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Trades Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class, and the Canadian Experience Class.
Eligible candidates are added into the Express Entry pool and are ranked based on a Cumulative score that considers factors such as age, educational qualification, skilled work experience and proficiency in French or English.
A specified number of the highest-ranked candidates are given an invitation to apply for Canadian immigration through regular draws from the Express Entry pool.