Canada invites 3,400 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residency
The Canadian government issued 3,400 invitations to apply for Express Entry candidates for permanent residence in Canada in a draw held on 22 January.
The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System 40; CRS 41; score in today’s draw was 471, a reduction of 2 points over the minimum score in the previous Express Entry draw held January 8.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have now issued a total of 6,800 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in 2020 through the Express Entry system.
Canada has higher entry targets for 2020 and 2021 for various programs managed by the express entry system.
The target for new permanent resident admissions through three federal highly skilled programs is expected to increase to 85,800 this year and 88,800 in 2021.
The Express Entry immigration selection system
The Express Entry system is Canada’s primary source of skilled foreign workers.
It was introduced in 2015 to manage the pool of candidates for Canada’s three federal highly skilled immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.
Eligible candidates for each program are issued a score under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System 40; CRS 41, which awards points for factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.
While a job offer is not required in order to be eligible under the Express Entry system, the CRS does award additional points to candidates who have one.
A set number of the highest-scoring candidates are issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool, which typically take place every two weeks.
IRCC applied a tie-break time and date of May 9, 2019, at 01:16:02 UTC in this draw.
The Government of Canada has a processing standard of six months for permanent residence applications filed through the Express Entry system.
Canada’s PNP streams
Nine Canadian provinces and two territories have what is known as “enhanced” PNP streams that are linked to the Express Entry system.
These streams — many of which have lower or even no CRS score requirement — allow participating provinces and territories to select Express Entry candidates and invite them to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
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