Canada continued its pattern of inviting CEC candidates after PNP candidates
Canada held another Express Entry invitations round on August 20.
The latest draw of Express Entry is the second draw held in two consecutive days. It is 161st one among the overall draws held by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada).
3300 CEC candidates were issued invitations in the latest draw. A CRS score of 454 was decided as the cut-off score to get ITA (Invitation to Apply).
The CRS cut-off was higher than the previous CEC draw by 9 points as the CRS of the previous draw was 445. The cut-off points increased as more number of candidates entered into the pool in the last months after the all-program draw that was held by Canada on August 5.
IRCC started holding the program-specific draws after the border was closed due to coronavirus pandemic in March. Since the lockdown, CEC draws were being conducted the next day after the PNP draws were conducted. The combined number of ITAs issued through the two draws added up to a round number.
As we know, a PNP draw was held on August 19, in which 600 candidates were issued ITAs.
The three major economic class programs of Canadian immigration, Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class are managed by the Express Entry system.
Some PNPs are also aligned with the Express Entry system.
Candidates are ranked in the Express Entry system on the basis of their education, age, work experience, and language proficiency. If the system encounters a tie in the score of more than one person, the date and time of application are considered.
In today’s draw also, IRCC implemented a tie-break rule in the August 20 draw. Candidates who got the same CRS cut-off scores are ranked based on time and date in which the profile was created in the Express Entry pool.
For August 20 rule, the time and date for the tie-break rule wereJuly 27, 2020, at 11:10:05 UTC.
This could mean that if two candidates got a score of 454, then the candidate who created a profile before the time and date mentioned in the tie-break rule.
With this draw, the total number of invitations of 2020 becomes 65750.
The number still exceeds the number of ITAs issued by the same month last year, despite the coronavirus.
Even though there are coronavirus travel restrictions still in place, candidates can still create their Express Entry profile. IRCC is accepting the profiles submitted in the Express Entry system for Permanent Residence.