Canada held its 160th Express Entry draw, inviting immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence on August 19
The new Express Entry round issued 600 invitations to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 771. Invited candidates needed a provincial nomination from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in order to be selected. PNP recipients automatically get 600 CRS points added to their base human capital score.
Today’s draw was the third round this month to issue Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence.
Another 250 ITAs were issued to Express Entry candidates nominated through the Federal Skilled Trades Program on August 6. The minimum CRS score for candidates selected in that rare draw was 415.
The day before, on August 5, Canada also issued 3,900 ITAs to candidates with scores of 476 in an all-program draw.
If Canada continues the pattern that it started after the coronavirus lockdown on March 18, then tomorrow there is a chance that a Canadian Experience Class draw will be held.
Express Entry is the application system that manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three main economic immigration classes — the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
The highest-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pool are issued ITAs in regular invitation rounds.
Today’s draw was the 27th draw of 2020 and brings the total number of ITAs issued this year to 62,450, a new record for this date. This means that despite the current COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s government is still working towards its immigration targets for 2020.