Minimum CRS score drops to 470 as the Largest Express Entry draw issues 4,500 ITAs

4,500 Express Entry Candidates were accepted into largest ever Express Entry draw on February 19 to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Minimum CRS score drops to 470 as the Largest Express Entry draw issues 4,500 ITAs

4,500 Express Entry Candidates were accepted into the largest ever Express Entry draw on February 19 to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The minimum CRS score of the new invitation round was 470, which was 2 points less than the previous draw conducted on February 5.

Currently, the Express Entry program manages immigrating candidates with three of Canada’s primary source of skilled labour immigration program – Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

The candidates are placed in the Express Entry pool and identified by a CRS score that takes into account factors such as age, education, and work experience and language proficiency in English or French. A job offer to apply through the Express Entry program is not mandatory, but extra CRS-points are provided when a candidate has one. A selection of the top candidates will be given an ITA through frequent drawing from the Express Entry pool. Usually, such invites take place every two weeks and the large majority contain candidates from all three above-mentioned immigration programs of Express entry.

With the support of permanent residency applicants submitted via the express entry system, the Government of Canada has a standard filing period of six months.

The government has to start making a large number of invites to each draw to reach this year’s 85,800 ITA goal of new permanent residents. This fourth draw of 2020 brings the total ITAs issued so far this year to 14,800.

The tie break was at 10:52:52 UTC on 13 January 2020 at the time of the draw on February 19.

This ensures that all applicants who have a CRS score of 470 and above who submitted their profile before that date and time in the Express Entry pool received an ITA.

 

Express Entry candidates with scores below the new CRS cut-off have several opportunities to boost their scores, the most important of which is a provincial nomination. Nine Canadian provinces and two territories are linked to the Express Entry program by so-called “enhanced” PNP streams.

An extra 600 CRS points are allotted by the provincial nomination and an opportunity to apply for permanent residence in Canada is essentially assured. Many provincial nominating streams, including streams in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia, have provided invitations since the beginning of the year.

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