Canada Permanent Residence

Canada invited 3232 candidates to apply for permanent residence in the Canadian Experience Class-specific Express Entry draw held March 23, 2020 (WWICS: 24202003Ga1517)

In its Second Express Entry draw in just five days, Canada invited 3,232 immigration candidates with Comprehensive Ranking Scores (CRS) as low as 467 to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The March 23rd Express Entry draw is the second of its kind since 2015 that specifically targeted candidates in the Canadian Experience Class.

The Canadian Experience Class is one of three Federal High Skilled immigration programs managed by the Express Entry system. This immigration class is open to foreign nationals with a minimum one year of work experience in Canada, among other criteria.

The CRS cut-off score of 467 drawn in March 23rd draw was three points lower than the minimum cut-off threshold of this year in an all-program Express Entry draw, which was 470.

Immigration, Refugees Citizenship Canada (IRCC) used a tie-break in the March 23 draw. The time stamp used was November 25, 2019, at 14:00:35 UTC that means all Canadian Experience Class candidates with a CRS score of and above 467, who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in this invitation round.

With 3232 invites been sent in March 23 draw; IRCC has now issued a total of 22,600 ITAs this year through Canada’s Express Entry system.

Due to the strict travel restrictions imposed by the Federal Government to combat COVID-19 outbreak, there was a little uncertainty among immigration candidates to process their application with IRCC. However, recent draws conducted by the Government of Canada have made it quite clear that Canada is still inviting and approving permanent residence applications.

Considering Canada’s higher admission targets for its immigration programs in 2020 and 2021, it can be assumed that IRCC will hold more frequent and larger draws in the coming weeks and months.

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