First Federal Express Entry Draw of 2020 issues 3,400 Invitations
On January 8, 2020, the Federal government of Canada issued 3,400 invitations through its first Express Entry draw of 2020 for Canadian permanent residence. Federal express entry program is one of the most popular immigration programs to manage the applications of skilled workers of different nationalities. It has three sub-categories which include Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.
Express entry is a point-based immigration system which evaluates profiles on credentials like age, education, work experience and language proficiency. Moreover, the job offer is not mandatory for an applicant to become eligible for the Express entry system.
In the last draw held on December 19, 2019, the minimum cut-off was 469; however, in this draw, the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for today’s draw increased to 473
Generally, draws occur every two weeks. The increase or decrease of a minimum cut-off depends on the time gap between two consecutive draws. On increasing the time-gap between the draws, the Express Entry pool receives more number of applications from higher-scoring candidates which ultimately leads to the higher cut-off score in the coming draws. The increase in cut-off score in today’s draw may be credited to the fact twenty days elapsed between invitation rounds.
The tie-break used in today’s draw by IRCC was December 27, 2019, at 13:35:09 UTC. It means that all those candidates who received at least CRS score of 473 and entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before the tie-break date and time are eligible to receive an ITA through the draw.
Canada has the higher admissions targets for various immigration programs managed by express entry system in 2020 and 2021. The target for new PRs through three economic categories, FSWC, FSTC and CEC is set to rise to 85,800 in 2020 and 88,800 in 2021. While, the target for new PRs through Express Entry-linked PNPs set to rise to 67,800 in 2020 and 71,300 in 2021.
So this is the right time to apply for PR through the Express entry system. If you want to consider your profile for Express Entry pool, you need to first check your eligibility. On being eligible, create your profile for Express Entry pool.
Based on factors like age, work experience, education, proficiency in English or French, connections in Canada and more, your profile gets CRS score. In case you don’t get sufficient score for EE draw, then you can apply to express entry-linked Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Nominated candidates are awarded with an additional 600 points in their EE score and move them to the front of the line for an ITA.
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