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Canada issues invitations to 3343 CEC candidates in the latest Express Entry draw

News - 3343 CEC Candidates Invited

In the latest draw held on 23-07-2020, 3343 Canadian Experience Class candidates are invited. The draw required the lowest CRS score in the current month of July.

Canada held the second Express Entry draw on July 23, the second invitation round held in two consecutive days.

ITAs were issued to 3,343 CEC (Canadian Experience Class) candidates. A CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score of 445 was enough to secure an ITA (Invitation to Apply).

The draw's CRS cut-off score was 14 points higher than that of the score of the draw held on June 25, which was also a CEC specific draw. The score of the previous draw was 431. The rise in the score is due to a higher number of candidates entering the Express Entry pool in the past month after Canada conducted an all-program draw on July 8.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have conducted these program-specific draws since the border closure caused by coronavirus pandemic in March. These draws have all taken place shortly after the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)-specific draws have taken place, and the number of invitations from the two draws sums up to a round number.

On 22-07-2020, IRCC revived the program-specific draws as 557 PNP candidates received ITAs.

Express Entry is a system that the Canadian government utilizes to control applications of Canada's three most prominent economic-class programs:

1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

2. Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)

3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Some provinces of Canada also have provincial nominee programs that are joined to the Express Entry system.

In the Express Entry system, applicants are ranked on the basis of their CRS score that examines many factors like their age, education work experience, and French or English proficiency. In certain rare cases, the date and time at which the Express Entry profile was submitted is also a factor for ranking.

The latest draw witnessed the tie-breaking rule being implemented. The tie-break rule is applied to rank candidates who got the same CRS score (at the cut-off). They are ranked based on the time and date their profile was created.

The tie-breaking rule for the latest draw was implemented for the time and date of July 12, 2020, at 15:16:55 UTC.

This would mean that the candidates who got a CRS score of 445 only were invited if they submitted their profile before this time and date.

The latest draw takes the total number of invitations issued in the year 2020 to 57,700.

Despite coronavirus pandemic, this number exceeds the number of invitations issued at the same time last year and the year before.

Candidates, if they wish to submit their Express Entry profile, can still do so in spite of any coronavirus-related constraints. IRCC continues to accept profile submissions in the Express Entry system.

Who is invited?

The following scenarios are the hypothetical instances of applicants who would have gotten a CRS score big enough to obtain an ITA in this draw:

Shaheen is 33 years old and has been working in a Canadian company for one year as a graphic designer.  She completed her bachelor's degree in Canada. She has the IELTS test and scored an 8 in listening, a 7.5 in writing, a 7.5 in speaking, and a score of 7 in reading. Shaheen's CRS of 446 and eligibility under the CEC would have enabled her to obtain an ITA during the July 23 Express Entry draw.

Naveen is 38, holds a bachelor's degree, and has been working as a management consultant. He was working in a company outside of Canada for six years. Naveen has advanced English language proficiency and worked in Canada for a year, i.e., in 2019. Naveen's CRS score of 445 and his eligibility under the CEC would have supported him to get an ITA in the July 23 Express Entry draw.