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Canada invites 4500 candidates in February 19 Express Entry draw

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In the latest Express Entry draw held on February 19, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 4500 candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The number of candidates issued in the latest draw is 1000 more compared to the previous draw held on February 5, 2020. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score has also dropped from 472 in the February 5 draw to 470 in the latest draw.

As in the previous draws, tie-break rule was applied in the February 19 Express Entry draw too, the time stamp given being January 13, 2020 at 10:52:52 UTC. It means the draw prioritized those candidates with a minimum CRS score of 470, who had submitted their profiles before the said date and time.

Canada Express Entry is one of the most popular Canada immigration pathways through which the country admits several thousands of new permanent residents from different parts of the world every year. By 2021, Canada aims to admit around 90,000 through Express Entry alone, as per the Canada Immigration Levels Plan for 2019-2021.

Canada Express Entry migration

Those who wish to migrate to Canada through Express Entry must first create an Express Entry profile. Based on the information provided in the profile regarding various eligibility factors such as age, education, language proficiency, work experience etc., each candidate is awarded a CRS score out of 1200. IRCC sets a CRS cut-off score for every Express Entry draw and those who qualify based on this score are invited apply for permanent residence in Canada. The CRS makes Express Entry an impartial, impersonal and fair system to select candidates for Canada migration.

To enter the Express Entry pool, a candidate must prove their eligibility under one of the three major federal economic immigration programs managed under the Express Entry, which are Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class, or Federal Skilled Trades Class. The candidates who receive provincial nomination through an Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program category/stream are awarded an additional 600 CRS score points that guarantee them an invitation to apply for Canada PR in the subsequent federal Express Entry draw.

 Express Entry draws held so far in 2020

Draw Number

Date

Number of ITAs issued

Minimum CRS score

137

February 19

4500

470

136

February 5

3500

472

135

January 22

3400

471

134

January 8

3400

473

Canada Express Entry system is simple and fast-track pathway for foreign skilled workers who wish to migrate to the country. You may check your eligibility to migrate to Canada through Express Entry by filling our free online assessment form. The Canada immigration consultants of CanApprove, having years of experience and deep knowledge in the immigration procedures, will help to make your entire Canada immigration journey a smooth and hassle-free one!

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