600 ITAs for Canadian permanent residency issued in the latest Express Entry draw


Canada held its 160th Express Entry draw, on August 19, inviting immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence.

The latest round of Express Entry issued 600 invitations to candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System – CRS score of 771. To be chosen, nominated candidates will require a provincial nomination through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). PNP beneficiaries get 600 CRS additional points added to their initial human capital score automatically.

Today’s draw for Canadian permanent residency was the third round this month for issuing Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

On August 6, another 250 ITAs were issued to nominated Express Entry candidates via the Federal Skilled Trades Program. For candidates chosen in that rare draw – the minimum CRS score was 415. Canada also issued 3,900 ITAs to candidates with ratings of 476 in an all-program draw the day before, on August 5.

If Canada continues the trend it started after the March 18 coronavirus lockdown, then there’s a chance that a Canadian Experience Class draw will take place tomorrow.

Express Entry is the application program that controls the pool of candidates for the three primary levels of skilled citizenship in Canada — the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). In frequent invitation rounds, ITAs are issued to the top ranking candidates in the Express Entry pool.

Today’s draw was the 27th draw of 2020 and brings to 62,450, a new record for this date, the total number of ITAs issued this year. It ensures that given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada aims to move on its 2020 immigration goals.

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Today’s minimum score of 771 was the highest cut-off of the year for CRS score. It could be partly because a large number of candidates are in the Express Entry pool.

The period between drawings is a significant aspect which may influence the cut-off score of the CRS. Shorter periods between draws imply less candidates have room in the Express Entry pool to submit a profile.

In today’s draw, IRCC employed its tie-break rule. The timestamp used was at 11:29:33 UTC, July 24, 2020. This implies that in this invitation round, all candidates with a CRS score above 771, as well as those candidates with scores of 771 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before the date and time chosen, earned an ITA.

The tie-break rule is used to rank candidates with the same score on CRS. The CRS score of a candidate remains the primary factor in selecting candidates to be called upon to apply for permanent residence. Under the CRS of Express Entry, qualifying candidates for each system are assigned a score that awards points for criteria such as age, education, skilled work experience and English or French proficiency.

While a job offer is not required to qualify under the Express Entry system, additional points are awarded by the CRS to candidates with one.

A fixed number of the highest-scoring candidates will be given an invitation to apply for permanent residency in Canada by frequent draws from the list, usually conducted every two weeks.

The Government of Canada has a six-month standard for processing applications for permanent residence filed via the Express Entry System.

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