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Canada issues 4200 Invitations to Apply in the recent Express Entry draw.

On September 30, Canada held an Express Entry draw inviting over 4200 candidates to apply for Permanent Residence. This draw means that in the year 2020, Canada has now issued over 78,350 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Express Entry candidates. Candidates from the Federal skilled workers program were the most successful in receiving the ITA’s. This was Canada’s 31st draw of the year and 5th all program draw after the onset of lockdown in Canada on March 15.

The large number of invitations issued by Canada points to the fact that even during the Covid-19 epidemic, Canada still values the income and prosperity which is generated by welcoming thousands of immigrants every year. This year has broken the record of the highest number of ITA’s issued after surpassing the previous record of 69,420 ITA’s that were issued in 2017.

The Canadian express entry is an online system that is used to manage the applications of skilled workers for permanent residence and identifying which of them are eligible for the invite.  Candidates with a total score of 471 in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) were issued the invites in this draw. This saw the decline in required points by 1 point in comparison with the previous all-program draw which took place on September 16.

Canada’s three main economic classes are – the Federal Skilled Workers Program, The Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. ITA’s are issued to a certain number of top-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pools to apply for their permanent residence in the regular draws that usually takes place every two weeks and incorporates the vast majority of candidates from the three main economic classes managed by express entry.

In this draw, we saw IRCC using its Tie Break Rule, which was introduced in June. This new rule ranks the candidates based on the date and time at which their profiles were first submitted if their CRS scores are tied. Thus it prioritizes candidates who have their profiles in the pool for a longer time. In the draw which took place on 16th September, The draw closed on March 2, 2020, at 12:37:25 UTC. Thus, the candidates with a CRS score of 471 or above and those who have submitted their applications before the said timestamp received an ITA in this invitation round.

In the process of selecting candidates to be invited for permanent residence, the CRS score remains the top priority and the primary factor. The cut-off CRS score can be influenced by certain factors such as the size of the draw and time span between draws. This implies that the CRS cut-off score would be lower if the pool size if bigger and if there is less time span between two draws and vice-versa. Factors such as age, education, skilled work experience, and proficiency in English and French also play a major role in determining your CRS score.

The standard time that is taken for a permanent residence application filed through the Express Entry System to process takes around six months, as stated by the Government of Canada.

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