The Canadian immigration agency conducted a new invitation round through the Express Entry system on March 4. The latest draw saw 3,900 invitation issued.
A total of 3,900 applicants were issued invitations this round, with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirements of 471.
The cut-off points of 471 is an increase of one point over the last draw on Feb 19, which had a minimum score of 470.
Two weeks ago, 4,500 Express Entry candidates got invitations in the largest draw ever conducted by the Government of Canada.
Canada’s Express Entry system manages and evaluates the profiles of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic-class immigration programs — Federal Skilled Trades Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class, and Canadian Experience Class.
Candidates are ranked based on a score allotted under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System that considers factors such as age, educational qualifications, skilled work experience and language ability in French or English.
A specified number of the highest-ranked candidates receive invitations for Canadian immigration through regular draws from the pool and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) targets period of Six months to process applications for permanent residence.
In order to reach this year’s 85,800 invitation target for new permanent resident admissions, it appears the government started sending out larger numbers of invitations in every draw.
Today’s draw is the 5th of 2020 and brings the total number of invitations issued this year to 18,700.
The tie break applied in the March 4th draw was Feb 24, 2020, at 06:02:57 UTC.
This means that all applicants with CRS scores above 471, as well as those with scores of 471 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, got an invitation.
In recent weeks a number of Express Entry-aligned provincial nominee streams have been active.
Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an extra 600 points toward their CRS score and move to the front of the line for an invitation.
These additional 600 points are especially important to candidates with lower CRS scores who have yet to make the cut-off in a federal Express Entry draw.
Several Express Entry-aligned provincial nominee programs do not consider a candidate’s CRS score or have CRS requirements that are lower than the cut-off scores in federal draws.
In the past couple of weeks, Express Entry-aligned provincial nominee streams in Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island have invited Express Entry applicants to apply for a provincial nomination.
The following are hypothetical instances of candidates who would have obtained an invitation in the March 4 draw:
Chloé is twenty-nine (29), has a bachelor’s degree, advanced French language proficiency and has been working as a marketing consultant for Three (3) years. Chloé has never studied or work in Canada, but she has a brother who is a Canadian citizen living in Manitoba. Chloé’s CRS score of 471 would have been sufficient enough to obtain an invitation during the March 4 Express Entry draw.
Another similar example is that of Srinivas and Geeta are married and are twenty-nine (29) and thirty-seven (37) respectively. They wrote the IELTS and Geeta scoring 7.5 in speaking, an 8 in listening, and a 7 in writing and reading while Srinivas scored a 7 in all category.
Srinivas holds a bachelor’s degree and Geeta holds a master’s degree. They have been working as database administrators for the past five years. They entered the Express Entry pool with Geeta as the main applicant. Their CRS score of 471 would have been sufficient enough to obtain an invitation during the March 4th Express Entry draw.