A new draw from the federal Express Entry pool on December 11 given 3,200 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in the December 11 invitation round was 472.
The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main skilled labour immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.
The Candidate selection from the pool based on a score awarded under the CRS that considers factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in languages such as English or French.
however, A job offer is not required to create an Express Entry & invitation to apply (ITA), though additional CRS points are awarded if a candidate has a valid job offer from designated employed with LIMA.
The number of highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through draws from the pool of EE. These invitation rounds commonly take place twice in a month.
Larger draws tend to go deeper into the pool of candidates and often result in a lower CRS cut-off score. Conversely, the December 11 draw was on the smaller side for an all-program invitation round and produced a slightly elevated CRS cut-off score.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied a tie-break time and date of December 6, 2019, at 03:03:49 UTC in this draw. This means that all candidates with a score of 472 who submitted their profile before this date and time received an ITA.
IRCC has now issued 82,100 ITAs in 2019. This is 7,700 ITAs short of the 89,800 that were issued in 2018, which stands as the most ITAs issued in a single year through the Express Entry system.
Under Canada’s multi-year immigration levels plan, the coming year will see the target for new permanent residents admitted through the three Express Entry-managed immigration programs rise to 85,800, up from 81,400 this year.
The admissions target for Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program, or PNP, is also set to increase from 61,000 to 67,800 in 2020, a portion of which is managed by the Express Entry system.
Nine Canadian provinces and two territories have what is known as “enhanced” PNP streams that are linked to the Express Entry system.
These streams allow them to select Express Entry candidates and invite them to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence and many have lower or even no CRS score requirements.
Express Entry candidates who obtain a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score and are effectively guaranteed an ITA.
The past two weeks have seen enhanced nomination streams in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, British Columbia and Nova Scotia issue invitations to Express Entry candidates.