Ottawa has published the details of this week’s Express Entry draw, with 3,232 candidates invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Invitations to apply for Canadian immigration were sent out to Canadian Experience Class program candidates with Comprehensive Ranking Scores (CRS) coming down as low as 467 in a new Express Entry draw conducted on March 23, 2020.
The Canada experience class draw was the second since 2015 to specifically target applicants in the Canadian Experience Class, which is open to foreign nationals and graduates with at least one year of work experience in Canada, among other requirements.
The Canadian Experience Class is one of three main Federal High Skilled immigration streams managed by the Express Entry system. The other two are the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Federal Skilled Workers Class.
The huge majority of Express Entry draws involve individuals from all three classes and this particular draw was one of the rare exceptions to this rule.
The last Express Entry draws conducted recently on March 18 only included candidates that had provincial nominations and issued 668 invitations. Given Canada’s higher immigration targets for its three Federal High Skilled immigration programs in 2020 and 2021, it is expected that Canada immigration agency will carry out more frequent and larger draws in the coming weeks.
All qualified Express Entry candidates are allotted a score under the Comprehensive Ranking Scores CRS that is based on factors such as age, educational qualifications, skilled work experience and ability in English or French and are entered into the Express Entry pool.
Unlike all-program invitation rounds, which normally draw from the entire Express Entry pool and tend to result in higher cut-off scores, specific-program draws for a specific set of candidates like Canadian Experience Class candidates may produce lower cut-off scores given they target a smaller number of candidates.
Today’s cut-off points of 467 were three points lower than the lowest cut-off score this year in an all-program Express Entry draw, which was 470 score.
The tie-break used by the immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in the March 23 draw was November 25, 2019, at 14:00:35 UTC. This means that all Canadian Experience Class applicants with a CRS score above 467, as well as those with scores of 467 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, got Invitations for Canadian immigration.
This draw brings the total number of invitations issued so far this year via Canada’s Express Entry system to 22,600.
This draw is a reminder of the many ways Express Entry candidates with lower CRS scores may receive an invitation to apply.
Several Express Entry-aligned streams also have lower CRS criteria compared to all-program federal draws.
Express Entry candidates invited with a provincial nomination got an extra 600 CRS points and are effectively assures an invitation to apply for Canadian immigration.
In order to be accepted for a nomination through most Express Entry-aligned streams, the first step is to lodge an Express Entry profile.