February 5 Express Entry draw sends 3,500 invitations
The latest Express Entry draw was on February 5, and it saw 3,500 invitations to apply (ITAs) given to candidates looking for Canadian permanent residence. As of this draw, the Government of Canada has issued 10,300 ITAs through Express Entry so far in 2020. This draw selected candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of 472 points. Incidentally, this was one point higher than the minimum score from the previous draw. A tie break was applied to this draw, meaning candidates who met the minimum score and applied at the designated time were accepted. In this case, the tie break time was January 30, 2020, at 07:36:26 UTC.
As always, the Express Entry system distributes ITAs to Economic Immigration candidates from three skilled labour immigration streams. The candidates are selected from the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Class. The draws are held regularly, taking place approximately every two weeks.
Express Entry hopefuls create profiles for the stream and their selection depends on the CRS score attached to these profiles. In turn, CRS scores are determined based on multiple factors, like education background, work history, French or English language skills, the applicant’s age, etc. A job offer also adds points to a candidates’ profile. However, a job offer is not required to be eligible for Express Entry or to receive an ITA.
CRS Scores for Express Entry
Every Express Entry draw has a minimum score of CRS points that all candidates must meet to be selected in that particular draw. For example, this latest draw only had candidates with CRS score of 472 or higher. Express Entry minimum scores rarely go below 465 points, and what’s more the minimum score tends to increase with longer gaps between draws.
Express Entry candidates seeking to increase their scores can look towards Canada’s many Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP). There are different PNPs in most of Canada’s provinces and territories, all with their own unique focus. Additionally, these programs award selected candidates with 600 points toward their CRS score. With countless PNP programs throughout Canada, it’s a great way to increase the chances of being selected for Express Entry. What’s more, these programs can help you make connections with communities and establishing yourself in Canada.
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