3,900 Invitations Sent in March Express Entry Draw

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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