In the latest draw, FSWP candidates were also included. In 2020, Canada issued 69950 ITAs for permanent residency so far.
In a draw held on September 2, the Canadian government issued 4200 ITAs (invitations to apply) for Canadian permanent residency to candidates who have Express Entry profiles.
FSWP (Federal Skilled Workers Program) candidates are also issued invitations in this draw. The latest Express Entry draw is the overall 162nd draw held by the IRCC (immigration refugees and citizenship Canada) and the third among the all-program draws held since March 18.
The minimum CRS score (Comprehensive Ranking System score) required to get an invitation in the latest draw was 475, which is 1 point down when compared to all program draw held on August 5.
The number of invitations sent, i.e., 4200, is the largest since Canada issued 4,500 invitations in a draw held on February 19, 2020, before the imposition of travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The huge number of invitations can be taken as a strong sign to see that Canada is committed to its high-level immigration plan in the next year and after that.
IRCC has been continuously issuing 3900 ITAs every two weeks for most of the year 2020, issuing alternately between all program draws and program-specific draws. In the draw held on September 2, 300 more invitations were issued to the immigration candidates.
Three major economic immigration programs, the Federal Skilled Workers Program,Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Program are managed by the online application system called the Express Entry system.
Highest ranking candidates in every draw are issued ITAs to apply for Canadian permanent residency. The draw mostly takes place every two weeks and invites candidates from all the three categories of the Express Entry system.
The draw held on September 2 was the 29th draw of this year, and with the current draw, the total number of ITAs issued in 2020 will come to a number of 69950. This is a new record for this date.
In the draw held on September 2, IRCC used its time break rule.
The timestamp taken was September 2, 2020, at 14:17:32 UTC, which means that the candidates whose CRS score is above 475 and the candidates whose score is exactly 475, who entered the Express Entry pool before the selected time and date are issued invitations.
The tie break rule of the Express Entry system is used to rank the candidates who got the same score in the Comprehensive Ranking System. Even in this system, the CRS score of the candidate remains as the primary factor in selecting the candidates for Canadian permanent residency.
Some factors can influence the cut off CRS. These factors could be the size of the draw (if the size of the draw is larger, then the CRS cut-off score will be lesser) and the time gap between consequent draws (if the period is shorter, then the cut-off CRS score will be lower).
The CRS scores are awarded to the candidates based on their educational qualifications, work experience, age, and language ability.
An employment offer is not a mandatory requirement to get an invitation in Express Entry draw, but the CRS score will be increased if you have a job offer.
The standard processing time for Canada to process the permanent residency applications is six months.
Let us see a hypothetical example about a candidate who would have gotten an invitation in the latest draw:
Disha is 31 years old, has advanced English language proficiency, and a master’s degree. She has been working for four years as an accountant. While Disha has no Canadian work experience, nor did she study in Canada, her CRS score, which was 476 would have fetched her an Invitation To Apply for Canadian residency in the latest draw.