Latest Express Entry draw shows 3,900 candidates invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence

The latest CRS cut-off score increases by one point

By Globe Advisory Services, 4th March 2020

Recently, Canada announced a new round of invitation through the Express Entry system on March 4.

In totality, 3,900 candidates were invited in this round of invitations, with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cutoff of 471.

The cut-off score has risen by 1 point as compared to the previous draw on February 19, 2020 which saw approximately 4500 candidates receiving ITA and was the the largest draw ever held by the Government of Canada.

The Canadian Express Entry system allows three types of Canada's Main Economic-Class Immigration programs namely Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

The rank of the candidates is based on the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) which is an amalgamation of several factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and language ability in English or French.

The applicants who have a score equal to or higher the announced cutoff score receive an ITA for Permanent Residence through frequent draws from the pool. IRCC (Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada) gives out of stipulated time of 6 months to process the PR applications.

The government's target for ITA's this year is 85,800 and the government appears to be issuing larger draws every time.

The current draw is 5th of 2020 and brings the total number of ITA''s issued this year to 18,700.

The tie break applied in the March 4 draw was February 24, 2020 at 06:02:57 UTC.

All the candidates with CRS Score of 471 and higher, who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time have received an Invitation to Apply.

A number of Express Entry-linked provincial nominee streams have been active in recent weeks.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points toward their CRS score and move to the front of the line for an ITA.

These 600 points are especially valuable to candidates with lower CRS scores who have yet to make the cut-off in a federal Express Entry draw.

Several Express Entry-linked provincial nominee streams do not consider a candidate’s CRS score or have CRS requirements that are below the cut-off scores in federal draws.

Over the past two weeks, Express Entry-linked provincial nominee streams in Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia have invited Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

The following are hypothetical examples of candidates who would have obtained an ITA in the March 4 draw:

Chloé is 29, has a bachelor’s degree, an advanced French language proficiency and has been working as a marketing consultant for 3 years. Chloé has never worked or studied in Canada, but she has a brother who is a Canadian citizen living in Alberta. Chloé’s CRS score of 471 would have been high enough to obtain an ITA during the March 4 Express Entry draw.

Geeta and Srinivas are married and are 29 and 37 respectively. They wrote the IELTS and Geeta scored an 8 in listening, a 7.5 in speaking and a 7 in writing and reading while Srinivas scored a 7 in each category. Geeta holds a master’s degree and Srinivas holds a bachelor’s degree. They have been working as database administrators for the past three and five years, respectively. They entered the Express Entry pool with Geeta as the principal applicant. Their CRS score of 471 would have been high enough to obtain an ITA during the March 4th Express Entry draw.

Source: CIC News