First Federal Express Entry Draw of 2020 invited 3,400 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence
The Federal government of Canada invited 3,400 Express Entry candidates for permanent residence through its first draw of 2020 held on January 8.
The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score drawn in this invitation round was 473- an increase of four points than the previous draw held on December 19.
Increase in the minimum CRS scores drawn in this draw may be partly attributed to the fact that a total of 20 days elapsed between these invitation rounds.
Due to a longer time-gap between the two consecutive draws, the Express Entry pool receives more number of applications from higher-scoring candidates that eventually leads to the higher cut-off score in the subsequent draw.
The tie-break used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in the January 8 draw was December 27, 2019 at 13:35:09 UTC. This means that all candidates who had a minimum CRS score of 473 and entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an invitation to apply (ITA).
Canada is all set to welcome millions of new permanent residents through its various immigration programs during the new decade.
Federal Express Entry Program is one of the most popular Canadian immigration programs that manage the applications of foreign skilled workers under three immigration programs – Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.
Canada has a target to admit a total of 85,800 new admissions through the three federal high-skilled programs this year, which is further slated to rise to 88,800 in 2021.
Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), a portion of which is also managed by the Express Entry system, is another major pathway to obtain Canadian permanent residence. The target for new admissions through PNPs is set to rise to 67,800 in 2020 and 71,300 in 2021.
The candidates, who received invites in January 8 draw, now have 60 days to submit their complete application for Canadian permanent residence to IRCC.
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