Government of Canada held its 2020’s first Express Entry draw on Junary 8.
Total of 3.400 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued to those selected.
The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required to be selected was 473 in the January 8 draw.
Serving as Canada’s main source of skilled foreign workers, the federal Express Entry system manages the three economic immigration categories namely the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trade Class (FSTC) and Canada Experience Class (CEC).
An invitation to apply (ITA) was issued to those selected candidates. Invited candidates received ITAs are expected to complete their permanent residence applications within 60 days.
In order to be selected from the Express Entry candidate pool, a job offer is not required. Candiates with an eligibile job offer get additional points.
Government of Canada issued 3.200 invitations in the previous Express Entry draw on December 19th . The cut-off score was 469. This draw was also the last one held in 2019.
The latest Express Entry draw saw a 4 point increase in the cut-off score from the previous draw on December 11th. The cut-off score in the previous draw was 469. In the previous draw total of 3.200 ITAs were issued to candidates.
As of January 6, 2020, total of 138.955 candidates are registered in express entry pool of candidates.
Candidates who want to immigrate to Canada are entered into the Express Entry pool where they are ranked based on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores.
CRS score is based on factors including age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English and French Language among others.
There is no need for a job offer to be eligible for the Express Entry candidate pool.
In regular draws from the pool, which regularly happen to be every two weeks, the highest ranked candidates are issued ITA for Canadian permanent residence.
A candidate should improve his CRS score in a number of ways. One of them is being nominated by a province. A nomination through Canada’s provincial nominee program is the most valuable in terms of points.
A person with provincial nomination receives 600 points toward their CRS score which almost guarantees and invitiation to apply for Canadian permanent residence status.
Many provinces including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Mantioba and Ontario have expres entry aligned immigration streams in their provincial immigration programs.
The other way of increasing CRS score is to improve English or French. With improved Language scores (IELTS, TEF, CELPIP etc) candidate can increase his CRS score for sure.
Students who studied in Canada will also get extra points for their minimum of two semesters post secondary education in Canada.
Given Canada’s higher targets for admission in 2019 and 2020, we hope more frequent or larger draws will be held resulting decreasing CRS score.
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Murat Kandemir, January 10, 2020