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First FSTP-specific Express Entry draw of 2020 invites 250 candidates

Express Entry draw

In the first Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)-specific Express Entry draw of 2020 held on August 6, a total of 250 candidates received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in Canada. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for candidates to receive an invitation was 415.
In the previous Express Entry draw that was held just one day ago on August 5, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) had invited 3900 immigration candidates to apply for Canada PR. The total number of candidates who received invitations in these two draws is 4150.

Despite the impact of coronavirus pandemic, Canada is setting record in terms of Express Entry invitations being issued in the current year. So far, Canada has issued 61,850 Express Entry ITAs in 2020. This is the highest number of invitations to have issued in the same time period of any year since the launch of the Express Entry system in 2015.

Federal Skilled Trades program Express Entry draw:

IRCC is holding an exclusive Express Entry draw for FSTP candidates for the seventh time. The Skilled Trades Program, launched in 2013, help Canada address the labor shortage in skilled trades occupations. To be eligible under the Skilled Trades program, the candidates must have work experience in one of the following trades/occupations:

  • Industrial, electrical and construction
  • Maintenance, equipment operation
  • Technical and supervisor jobs in natural resources, agriculture, and related production
  • Processing, manufacturing, utilities, central control operations
  • Chefs and cooks
  • Butchers or bakers

The previous Skilled Trades Express Entry draw was held on October 16, 2019.
FSTP is the federal economic immigration program under which the lowest number of ITAs is issued in Express Entry draws. In 2019, the total number of ITAs issued to FSTP candidates was only 1000 out of 85300. One reason for this low number is the fact that FSTP candidates usually have lower CRS scores compared to Federal Skilled Worker Program and Canadian Experience Class candidates.

Express Entry draws held so far in 2020

Draw Number Date Number of ITAs issued Minimum CRS score
159 August 6 250 415(FSTP-specific draw)
158 August 5 3900 476
157 July 24 3343 445(CEC-specific draw)
156 July 22 557 687(PNP-specific draw)
155 July 8 3900 478
154 June 25 3508 431(CEC-specific draw)
153 June 24 392 696(PNP-specific draw)
152 June 11 3551 437(CEC-specific draw)
151 June 10 341 743(PNP-specific draw)
150 May 28 3515 440(CEC-specific draw)
149 May 27 385 757(PNP-specific draw)
148 May 15 3371 447(CEC-specific draw)
147 May 13 529 718(PNP-specific draw)
146 May 1 3311 452(CEC-specific draw)
145 April 29 589 692(PNP-specific draw)
144 April 16 3782 455 (CEC-specific draw)
143 April 15 118 808(PNP-specific draw)
142 April 9 3,294 464(CEC-specific draw)
141 April 9 606 698(PNP-specific draw)
140 March 23 3232 467 (CEC-specific draw)
139 March 18   668 720(PNP-specific draw)
138 March 4 3900 471
137 February 19 4500 470
136 February 5 3500 472
135 January 22 3400 471
134 January 8 3400 473

Canada Express Entry offers simple and fast-track pathway for international skilled workers to migrate to the country. Check your eligibility for Express Entry migration by our free online assessment form.

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