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Candidates with 431 score invited

The latest Express Entry draw issued 3508 invitations for eligible candidates and their families to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.

Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to acquire Canadian permanent residence were issued to CEC (Canadian Experience Class) candidates whose Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores are as low as 431.

This was the lowest CRS score, estimated for CEC candidates since the draw, conducted on May 31, 2017, in which applicants with a CRS score of mere 413 were given invitations.

The latest draw follows the 392 ITAs issued to Provincial Nomination Program candidates, bringing the total number of ITAs issued over the past two days to a staggering 3,900.

Canada’s Express Entry system deals with the pool of the profiles of candidates for three of Canada’s main immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FST), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have been targeting PNP and CEC candidates over the last three months because they would be most likely in Canada and are less likely to be influenced by the current restrictions placed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

CRS cut-off scores for CEC candidates have decreased in every CEC draw since the start of travel restrictions.

The draw today witnessed the tie-breaking rule implemented on April 3, 2020, at 12:56:32 UTC. This draw means that all applicants with a CRS score of 431 and submitted their profiles before this time and date received an ITA in this round of invitations.

The latest cut-off score of 431 was 6 points lower than that of the cut-off score in the last CEC Express Entry draw, 437.

There has been a significant descending trend in CRS cut-offs since the start of the pandemic, and as they got rejected in every CEC draw in current months, it seems like there is potential for scores to proceed to drop further.

CRS Cut off Score and time between draws

 

All candidates eligible for Express Entry are given a score under the CRS based on age, education, professional work experience, and proficiency in English or French.

Unlike the invitation rounds of all other immigration programs, which select from the entire pool of the Express Entry and tend to result in higher cut-off scores, niche draws for a specific group like CEC candidates are capable of producing lower cut-off scores given they target the candidates of a smaller pool.

Even though the IRCC has not yet provided information about when the next FSW draw would take place, prospective Canadian immigration candidates are encouraged to continue to submit profiles to the Express Entry system. This not only makes sure that they will be in the pool if a Federal Skilled Worker draw is held, but also that they will be noticeable to Canada’s provinces and territories when they issue provincial nominations that are linked to Express Entry.

Candidates who receive a nomination from Canadian province or territory, get an additional 600 points in their CRS score, which increases their chances for being selected in a following Express Entry draw to a greater extent.

As of now, in 2020, Canada has issued 49,900 Invitations to Apply.

Annual Admission Targets and ITA's

This was the 21st round of invitations, issued under Express Entry in 2020 and the 154thif we count on the whole.

Because of the higher admission targets of Canada for its three federal skilled immigration programs in 2020 and 2021, experts are estimating that IRCC will conduct more regular and bigger draws in the coming days.

The following are possible instances of candidates who would have had a score in CRS, that is sufficient to get an ITA in the latest draw:

Pooja is 31 and received completed her graduation from a college in Canada in May of 2019. After completing studies, she has been working as a graphic designer in the country. Before coming to Canada to pursue her graduation, she was employed as an artist for five years. Priya gave IELTS and got a score of 6 in every category. Pooja submitted an Express Entry profile in the first week of June. Her CRS score of 433 would have been adequate for her to get an ITA during the Express Entry draw, held on June 25.

Zuber and Haseena are married. Both of them hold a bachelor’s degree, and both are 38years old. Zuber has been working as a manager for 15 years. He has an advanced-level proficiency in the English language, and Haseena has an intermediate-level proficiency in the English language. Even though most of Zuber’s experience in work has been acquired outside of Canada, he worked for one year in Canada starting from 2018. They entered the Express Entry pool with Zuber as the primary applicant. Zuber’s CRS score of 433 would have been high enough for them to achieve an ITA during the June 25 Express Entry draw.