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Largest Canada Express Entry draw ever issues 4,500 invitations

The largest-ever Express Entry pool draw organized by the Government of Canada on February 19, 2020 witnessed at least 4,500 candidates receiving Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence (PR) in Canada. This is the 4thin the series of draws held this year and the total number of ITAs issued in   2020 now stand at 14,800.

Meanwhile, the minimum score attained in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) during the latest invitation round on February 19 has been recorded at 470. This is a drop of 2 points over the last draw held on February 5 this year. All Express Entry candidates who have obtained a score of 470 in the latest draw have been issued an ITA.

Those whose scores are lower than the one specified in the CRS cut-off don’t need to lose heart either. These candidates have a number of options at their disposal in order to increase their total score. Provincial Nomination is deemed to be the most significant and valuable of them all.

At least 9 provinces in Canada and 2 territories have “enhanced” Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) streams that are connected to the Express Entry system for Canadian PR. A provincial nomination entitles the candidate to gain at least 600 additional CRS points. This in turn guarantees them to receive an ITA for PR to Canada.

Since the beginning of 2020, a large number of invitations have been issued by the Express Entry-aligned PNP streams for Canadian PR. These include streams in the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and British Columbia.

The Express Entry system for obtaining PR to Canada maintains a pool of candidates for 3 main categories for Canada’s skilled labour immigration. These are the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Canadian Experience Class.

All candidates considered eligible to enter the Express Entry pool are then ranked on the basis of a CRS score. This score is determined after taking into consideration certain specific factors for each candidate such as age, educational qualification, skilled work experience, and proficiency in English/French.

Note that job offer is not necessarily required to be considered eligible for receiving an ITA under the Canada Express Entry programme. However, a candidate is entitled to earn additional CRS points if he/she has a job offer in Canada.

A specific number of candidates with the highest rank in the CRS system are then issued an ITA for PR in Canada. This takes place via organizing regular draws from the Express Entry pool of candidates. The invitation rounds are generally conducted every two weeks. A large number of these invitations are issued to candidates taken from all three Express Entry-managed categories mentioned above.

Once the ITAs have been issued, the Government of Canada may take a minimum of 6-month processing time to evaluate the applications filed for Canadian PR via the Express Entry system. Canada immigration consultants in Delhi can help candidates obtain permanent residence in Canada under the Express Entry system.

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