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First all-program draw

Let us review all the Express Entry First all-program draw since the start of the pandemic.

FSWP and FSTP candidates were eligible to receive invitations to apply for permanent residence in the first all-program draw since March 4.

COVID -19 pandemic had its impact felt all over the globe and Canada is no exception. Now things are getting normal in Canada and they are resuming all the Permanent residency programs as usual.

Canada has resumed all-program Express Entry draws and is now issuing invitations to apply to Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates. Although they have also issued PR’s to candidates even during the pandemic.

Canada issued the first all-program Express Entry draw since March 4 and has issued 3,900 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. Candidates needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 478 to be invited in the July 8 invitation round. There is a rise in CRS Score this time. Last time Candidates needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 431 to receive an ITA.

Since the coronavirus was labeled a pandemic and Canada introduced travel restriction to prevent its spread, Express Entry draws have been limited to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. This left FSWP and Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSTP) candidates in an uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution.

Most CEC candidates are already in Canada and therefore are not affected by Canada’s current travel restrictions. Provincial Nomination Program candidates continue to be invited as well to allow provinces to meet their labor market needs. It is important to note however that even when Canada was excluding FSWP and FSTP candidates, some of the CEC and PNP candidates being invited in previous draws were also outside of Canada.

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Today’s draw was an indication that things will be back to as usual and Canada federal government will focus on their target to welcome 1 million new immigrants before 2022. Latest Express Entry draw was of the same size as the previous all-program invitation round held March 4, which issued 3,900 ITAs.

22nd draw of 2020 will bring the total number of ITAs issued this year to 53,800, Most compared to last years for this date.

The higher CRS cut-off is a function of FSWP candidates once again securing ITAs. Given the length of time since the last draw featuring FSWP candidates, today’s draw featured ITAs to candidates with higher CRS scores who would have otherwise been invited in earlier months had the coronavirus pandemic not affected IRCC’s Express Entry policies.

IRCC used its tie-break rule in today’s draw. The timestamp used was February, 11, at 13:08:31 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 478, as well as those candidates with scores of 478 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before the selected date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

The Express Entry system is Canada’s primary source of skilled foreign workers. It was introduced in 2015 to manage the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s three federal high-skilled immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Program,  Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Eligible candidates for each program are issued a score under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which awards points for factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

While a job offer is not required to be eligible under the Express Entry system, the CRS does award additional points to candidates who have one.

A set number of the highest-scoring candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence (ITA) through regular draws from the pool, which typically take place every two weeks.

The Government of Canada has a processing standard of six months for permanent residence applications filed through the Express Entry system.

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