The Government of Canada has released the details of this week’s Express Entry draw, inviting 3,232 candidates to apply for permanent residence.
Invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued to Canadian Experience Class program candidates with Comprehensive Ranking Scores (CRS) as low as 467 in a new Express Entry draw held March 23, 2020.
The program-specific draw was the second since 2015 to specifically target candidates in the Canadian Experience Class, which is open to foreign nationals with at least one year of work experience in Canada, among other criteria.
The Canadian Experience Class is one of three Federal High Skilled immigration programs managed by the Express Entry system. The other two are the Federal Skilled Worker Class and the Federal Skilled Trades Class.
The vast majority of Express Entry draws involve candidates from all three classes and today’s draw was one of the rare exceptions to this rule.
The previous Express Entry draws held March 18 only included candidates that had provincial nominations and issued 668 invitations to apply (ITAs). Given Canada’s higher admission targets for its three Federal High Skilled immigration programs in 2020 and 2021, it is expected that Immigration, Refugees Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will hold more frequent and larger draws in the weeks and months to come.
All eligible Express Entry candidates are given a score under the Comprehensive Ranking Scores CRS that is based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French and are entered into the Express Entry pool.
Unlike all-program invitation rounds, which draw from the entire Express Entry pool and tend to result in higher cut-off scores, niche draws for a specific cohort like Canadian Experience Class candidates can produce lower cut-off scores given they target a smaller pool of candidates.
Today’s cut-off score of 467 was three points lower than the lowest cut-off score this year in an all-program Express Entry draw, which was 470.