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Express Entry Draws 

The government of Canada held consecutive Express Entry draws on May 14 and May 15, inviting a total of 3900 candidates to apply for permanent residence. The invitation rounds took place only 24 hours apart from one another. 

Express Entry is a popular immigration method for skilled foreign workers. It manages the profiles of Economic Workers from three Canadian immigration programs. These programs are the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Workers Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Class.

The May 14 draw had 529 invitations sent exclusively to candidates who also participated in the Provincial Nomination Program. The minimum CRS score required for this draw was 718 points. Although this seems high, Provincial Nominations award recipients with an additional 600 points towards their initial scores.

Meanwhile, the Express Entry draw held May 15 invited 3,371 candidates, all exclusively from the Canadian Experience Class. The minimum CRS score required for the draw was the lowest it’s been since January 2019, with the cut-off being 447 points. 

Since the COVID-19 pandemic reached Canada, Express Entry has only extended permanent residence invitations to Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nomination Program candidates. Supposedly this is due to the fact that candidates from these programs are more likely to currently reside in Canada. 

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Lowest CRS scores for 2020 in latest Express Entry draws

The Government of Canada finished off the month of April and started fresh in May with two new Express Entry draws. A total of 3,900 immigration candidates received invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. 

Canada’s Express Entry system is a popular route for skilled workers to obtain permanent residence. It invites economic class workers from three skilled worker immigration streams. These streams were the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Federal Skilled Worker Class.

Express Entry chooses its candidates based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score attached to their profiles. The score awards points based on factors such as language skills (in French or English), work history, education, among other factors. Each Express Entry draw will have a minimum amount of points required for candidates to be chosen.

The first of these two draws took place on April 29, and it saw 589 candidates invited with a CRS score of 692 points or more. The skilled workers invited in this draw were from the Canadian Experience Class stream. What’s more, they were all previous recipients of provincial nominations. Since provincial nominations award 600 points to an existing CRS score, the candidates only needed to have at least 92 basic human capital points. It is also worth noting that this was the lowest ever CRS score requirement for any provincial nomination program (PNP) exclusive draw. 

The second draw was held on May 1 and distributed 3,311 invitations to candidates from all categories. The minimum score required for the draw was 452 points, which is the lowest Express Entry requirement so far this year.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has set a goal to distribute  ITAs through Express Entry by the end of 2020. So far this year, 34,300 ITAs have been issued through Express Entry. 

Despite issues with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is continuing to issue ITAs through Express Entry. This demonstrates that the Canadian government is still looking out for immigrants seeking permanent residence, and aims to help immigration processes continue even if at a slower pace. 

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Express Entry sends 3,900 ITAs in late March  

In the weeks since the Covid 19 outbreak in Canada, the government held two small Express Entry draws on March 18 and March 23. A total of 3,900 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were sent out between these two draws.  

The March 18th draw saw a total of 668 ITAs distributed, and the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for the draw was 720. This minimum score was quite high, however, all candidates selected during this draw had Provincial nominations. These nominations are given by Provincial Nomination Programs, which award 600 points to an Express Entry candidate’s CRS score. 

As for the March 23rd draw, there were 3,232 ITAs sent to immigration candidates looking to obtain permanent residence. The minimum requirements for the CRS scores in this draw was 467 points. In the case of this draw, the candidates selected were all registered under the Canadian Experience Class, which is one of Canada’s economic class immigration programs. 

The Express Entry program draws the profiles of economic class immigration candidates from three of Canada’s Federal High Skilled economic immigration programs. These include the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Federal Skilled Worker Class. The profiles from these programs are ranked based on the Comprehensive Ranking System score of the client. Those with highest scores are selected during Express Entry draws. CRS scores are determined based on factors such as age, education, work history, language skills, etc.

As of these most recent draws, Canada has now distributed 22,600 ITAs through Express Entry in 2020. The government’s overall ITA distribution goal for 2020 341,000.

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3,900 Invitations Sent in March Express Entry Draw

Another Express Entry draw was held on March 4, with invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence given to 3,900 candidates. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score needed for this draw was 471. 

The candidates selected for this draw were part of Canada’s three largest economic-class immigration programs. The Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Class. Immigration candidates from all of these programs upload profiles to the Express Entry system to be chosen for the draws. 

The Express Entry candidates are ranked in the system based on the CRS scores attached to their profiles. These scores are distributed based on factors such as age, language proficiency (in French or English), education background, work history, etc.. The higher the candidate’s score, the higher the chances are that they will be selected in a future draw.  

The minimum score for the previous Express Entry draw on February 18 was one point lower at 470. Additionally, the previous draw had 4,500 invitations distributed, the largest ever Express Entry draw. The federal government has aimed to distribute 85,800 ITAs by the end of 2020. It seems like in order to reach that goal larger invitation draws might become a trend for the year. With 5 draws so far this year, Express Entry has already distributed 18,700 invitations.

A tie break was applied to this draw. Meaning that all candidates with scores of 471 or above who submitted their profile before the designated time were accepted. The timestamp for this tie break was February 24, 2020 at 06:02:57 UTC.

Express Entry hopefuls looking to increase their CRS scores can look towards provincial nomination programs to do so. Provincial nominations are held quite frequently, with 600 points awarded to candidates chosen during their draws. 

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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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Express Entry draw with 3,400 invitations and 471 CRS score

On January 22 the Government of Canada held yet another Express Entry draw. The results saw 3,400 candidates chosen, all invited to apply to receive Canadian permanent residence. As always, the candidates had to meet a minimum score requirement based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). For this draw, the candidates needed a score of at least 471 points. This requirement is two points lower than the last draw from January 8. 

Express Entry is a popular pathway for skilled foreign workers to obtain their Canadian permanent residence. The stream manages profiles from three economic immigration programs: the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Class. Candidates register their profiles in the Express Entry system, and these profiles are ranked based on how they score in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). CRS scores are determined based on factors such as educational background, work history, training, English or French language skills, and other credentials. 

A tie-break was applied to this draw, which means that all candidates who met the required score and submitted their applications before the set time were given invitations. The timestamp for this particular tie-break was May 9, 2019 at 01:16:02 UTC.

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Typically, Express Entry Draws are held every two weeks. Notably, the minimum score tends to lower when there is a smaller gap between draws. With only two draws so far in 2020, Express Entry has distributed 6,800 Invitations to Apply. By the end of the year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is aiming to invite a total of 85,800 permanent residents. What’s more, the goal for 2021 is even higher at 88,800.

For candidates hoping to increase their CRS scores to qualify for Express Entry draws, there are options for increasing scores. There are Provincial Nomination Programs throughout Canada, which allow provinces and territories to sponsor foreign workers residing in their area. These programs award 600 points to successful applicants, which just about guarantees selection in a future Express Entry draw.  

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Express Entry starts 2020 with 3,400 permanent residence ITAs

The first Express Entry draw of 2020 was held on January 8th, with 3,400 Canadian immigration candidates invited to apply for permanent residence. This draw had a required Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 473, which is 4 points higher than the previous draw, held on December 19th.

The Express Entry system is a popular immigration stream that allows skilled foreign workers to gain their Canadian permanent residence. The system draws candidates from three of Canada’s skilled-worker programs: the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Class. These high-skilled professionals create profiles with the Express Entry system. Every few weeks a draw is held, and those with the highest-scoring profiles are selected.

Candidates’ profiles are ranked based on their individual score in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS awards points based on qualifying factors such as French or English language skills, education, work experience, age, etc. Additionally, candidates are awarded additional points for currently being employed, however, having a job offer is not required to qualify.

Each Express Entry draw has a minimum CRS score that candidates have to meet in order to be accepted. For example, this particular draw had a score requirement of 473 or more. Unfortunately, the minimum CRS scores tend to rise when the gap between draws are longer, as was the case between the last two draws.

Potential candidates who wish to increase their CRS scores to be considered for Express Entry have a few options. For one, scoring higher on a Canadian Language Benchmark test can help increase overall CRS scores. And another popular option is working towards obtaining a Provincial Nomination, which adds 600 points to an Express Entry profile.

Express Entry Goals for 2020

For the new year, Express Entry’s target is to send at least 85,800 ITAs by the end of 2020. The goal for 2021 is to increase this target to 88,800 ITAs. With such a high admission target, there will be many opportunities to gain permanent residence through this system. And for those hoping to increase their scores and be considered for Express Entry, there are also plenty of openings coming up in the provincial nomination streams. The federal government plans on presenting 67,800 provincial nominations this year. What’s more, in 2021 that target will be bumped up to 71,300.

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Express Entry ends 2019 with 3,200 invitations and a lowered CRS score

In the last Express Entry draw of 2019, the Government of Canada distributed 3,200 invitations to immigration candidates looking to apply for permanent residence. The draw was held on December 19, a little over a week after the previous draw on December 11. The minimum required Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for this final draw was 469, which is three points lower than the last selection. 

The candidates for this draw were selected, as always, from three of the immigration categories used for skilled workers. These categories are the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Class. Additionally, these draws are held every few weeks, and they usually distribute a large number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to eligible candidates. 

Express Entry selects candidates for the draws based on the profiles they have submitted to the system’s pool of entries. Their profiles are ranked by the number of points awarded by the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Evidently, the points attributed to the profiles are based on criteria outlined by the CRS. They consider factors like work experience, education background, age, English or French language ability, and many other factors. In short, to qualify for Express Entry draws, the candidates’ profiles must meet the minimum CRS score requirements.

 Express Entry’s minimum CRS score requirements tend to fluctuate, but it has become apparent that longer periods between draws usually means an increase in the score. With only a little over a week between these last two Express Entry draws, the minimum CRS score impressively decreased by three points. 

With 2019 coming to a close, the Government of Canada has now distributed 85,300 ITAs through Express Entry. Next, the federal government plans to send out 85,800 ITAs by the end of 2020.

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Scores of 471 and 3,600 invitations at Canada’s latest Express Entry draw

The latest Express Entry draw on November 27 resulted in the Government of Canada sending invitations to 3,600 candidates. The candidates chosen were the highest ranking in Express Entry’s system, and they have been invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence. This draw required candidates to meet the minimum score of 471 via the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). This is one point lower than the minimum score from the previous draw on November 13, which was 472.  

The Canadian federal government holds Express Entry draws regularly, approximately every two weeks. It sends a number of its top-scoring candidates invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. Candidates are ranked based on their CRS scores, which awards points based on criteria such as language skills, education experience, skilled work history, and age. Candidates do not require job offers, but Express Entry does award extra points to applicants that have one.

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The Express Entry system manages the profiles from three economic class skilled worker streams. The three streams are the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Federal Skilled Worker Class.

A tie break was implemented for this draw, meaning that candidates with scores higher than 471 who applied before the cutoff period received and ITA. The cutoff for this draw was at 6:29:10 UTC on November 11, 2019. 

So far in 2019, the Government of Canada has distributed 78,900 ITAs to Express Entry candidates. With only a month left of 2019, it has been questioned whether last years record of 89,800 invitations can be matched. However, it is more promising the government will meet its overall ITA distribution goal, which was 81,400 total for 2019. The goal for 2020 is set to be a target of 85,800 ITAs. The government also plans to increase the number of Provincial Nomination Program invitations sent to 67,800 for 2020. 

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Alberta gives provincial nominations to 374 Express Entry candidates  

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) held a draw for provincial nominations on September 25. The results saw 374 Express Entry candidates drawn, with their profiles having Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 400 points or above. These candidates will be invited to apply for provincial nominations. If accepted they will receive a nomination, along with 600 points added to their Express Entry scores. Having such a high score on their Express Entry profiles will bring the candidates to the top of the draw, effectively guaranteeing their selection in a federal draw for Canadian permanent residence.   

The AINP is just one of many Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) across Canada. These programs utilize immigration streams like Express Entry to select Economic-Class immigrants for provincial nominations. Express Entry candidates are selected from three programs: Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Federal Skilled Worker Class.

The AINP selects foreign workers from the stream who have strong connections to Alberta, such as educational background, work history, or close family in the province. It also considers applicants who currently work in a career that is currently in-demand for the province. Additionally, the program looks for candidates that would contribute to Alberta’s diversification and economy. Although the candidates do not require an outstanding job offer from an Albertan employer, it may increase their chances of being selected.    

Lowest CRS Scores of Any Province 

Many Provincial Nominee Programs select their candidates based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in their Express Entry profile. CRS scores rank skilled workers based factors such as their educational background, work experience, and language skills (in English or French). Alberta has had a reputation for having the lowest minimum score requirements in Canada for provincial nomination draws. The province has previously had draws where the scores were as low as 300 points. However, the September 25 draw was significantly higher at 400 points. Nevertheless, this is still lower than the most recent federal Express Entry 464 point minimum score. 

Just in September, Alberta selected 853 candidates and awarded them provincial nominations. So far in 2019, the AINP has awarded a total of 6,088 invitations for provincial nominations.