Recent Express Entry Draw
Recently New Express Entry Draw Produces Thousands of Invitations to Apply for Permanent Residency in Canada
Over 3,500 invitations were issued by the Government of Canada to Express Entry Candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class are the different pools that the Express Entry system manages. Based on the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System), candidates are ranked on their scores that considers factors such as age, education, skilled work experience, and proficiency in English or French. Additional CRS points are awarded if a candidate has a job offer, however, it’s not mandatory in order to be qualified for an Express Entry Invitation to apply.
A select number of high-scoring candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool. Typically, these invitation rounds take place every two weeks and the large majority involves applicants from all three Express Entry-managed classifications.
The process takes six months, which is the standard duration, for permanent residence applications filed through the Express Entry system.
As of February 5, 2020, the invitation round brings the total number of ITAs (Invitation to Apply) issued this year to 10,300. The 2020 target for new permanent resident admissions through the federal high-skilled program is slated to increase to 85,800 and 88,800 in 2021.
Another significant factor that gets candidates those extra score points towards their CRS are those that obtain a provincial nomination. Nine Canadian provinces and two territories have what are known as ‘enhanced’ PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) streams that are associated with the Express Entry system.
So, who would be considered a qualified candidate to get the fortunate invitation? The following is a hypothetical example of a candidate who would have had a high-ranking CRS score to receive an ITA in this draw:
Ali is 30 years old with a master’s degree in engineering and has been working as a management consultant for five years. He wrote the IELTS and scored a 7.5 in listening, an 8 in speaking, 7.5 in reading, and 7 in writing. Ali has never studied or worked in Canada, however, his CRS score of 472 would have been high enough to attain an ITA during the Express Entry draw that took place on February 5.
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