Canada held another Express Entry round of invitations on August 20.
The latest Express Entry draw was the second one in two days and the 161st overall held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Invitations were issued to a total of 3,300 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. A Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 454 was enough to ensure an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
Today’s CRS cut-oﬀ score was nine points higher than the previous CEC-speciﬁc draw on July 23, which had a CRS cut-oﬀ score of 445. The increase in points is
due to more candidates being entered into the pool over the past month after Canada held an allprogram draw on August 5.
IRCC has held these program-speciﬁc draws since the coronavirus pandemic caused Canada’s border to close in March. They have all taken place following Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)-speciﬁc draws, and the number of ITAs from the two draws combined add up to a round number.
Yesterday, IRCC held a program-speciﬁc draw with 600 PNP candidates receiving ITAs.
Express Entry is a system that the federal government uses to manage applications for Canada’s three main economic-class programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Some provinces also have provincial programs that are aligned with the Express Entry system.
In the Express Entry system, candidates are ranked based on their CRS score that considers multiple factors including their age, work experience, education and proﬁciency in French or English. In some cases, the date and time at which the Express Entry proﬁle was created is also a ranking factor.
IRCC implemented a tie-break rule in today’s draw. The tie-break rule is used to rank candidates who have the same CRS cut-oﬀ score based on the date and time their proﬁle was created.
The tie-breaking rule for today’s draw was implemented for July 27, 2020 at 11:10:05 UTC. This means that candidates with a CRS score of 454 were only invited if their proﬁle was submitted before this date and time.
This draw brings the total number of invitations
issued in 2020 to 65,750.
Despite coronavirus, this number still exceeds the number of invitations issued at the same time last year and the year before.
Candidates who wish to submit their Express Entry proﬁle may still do so despite any coronavirus-related restrictions in place. IRCC continues to accept submissions to the Express Entry system and to process applications for permanent residence
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