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October 16 Express Entry draw invites 500 Skilled Trades candidates

October 16 Express Entry draw invites 500 Skilled

In the Express Entry draw held on October 16, a total of 500 candidates were invited by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) to apply for permanent residence. The program-specific draw invited only candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades Class(FSTC). The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off threshold in the latest draw was 357 points. This is way too low compared to the CRS cut-off score in the previous Express Entry draw held on October 2nd, which was 464.
Tie-break rule was applied in the October 16 draw, the time stamp given being March 4, 2019 at 20:36:42 UTC. It means the draw prioritized those candidates who had submitted their Express Entry profiles before the said date and time. The last time IRCC held program-specific draw for FSTC candidates was on May 15, 2019. This is the second program-specific draw to be held in the year 2019.

Express Entry draw for Federal Skilled Trades Class candidates

In an Express Entry draw, candidates with the minimum required CRS score are invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada. But candidates belonging to the Skilled Trades Class usually do not have enough CRS scores to be invited in the all-program Express Entry draws. So IRCC conducts Express Entry draws exclusively for Federal Skilled Trades Class candidates twice or thrice every year.

Federal Skilled Trades Class

Federal Skilled Trades Class is the one of the three federal economic immigration programs managed under the Express Entry system.   Federal Skilled Worker Class and the Canadian Experience Class are the two others. Foreign nationals who are eligible to work in an eligible skilled Trade in Canada or have an eligible employment offer in Canada can apply for Canada PR through Federal Skilled Trades Class, if they meet other criteria.
As Canada has set a higher immigration target for the year 2019, it is expected that the larger, all-program draws would resume soon.As per the Canada Immigration Levels Plan for 2019-2021, the country is planning to welcome around 256,000 candidates through Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Class. Another 200,000 or so immigrants will also be admitted through the provincial nominee programs over the next three years, as per the Plan.

Minimum CRS requirements in the Express Entry draws held this year:

Date  Minimum CRS score Number of ITAs issued
January 10, 2019 449 3900
January 23, 2019 443 3900
January 30, 2019 438 3350
February 20, 2019 457 3350
March 6. 2019 454 3350
March 20, 2019 452 3350
April 3, 2019 451 3350
April 17, 2019 451 3350
May 1, 2019 450 3350
May 15, 2019(Program-specific) 332   500
May 29, 2019 470 3350
June 12, 2019 465 3350
June 26,  2019 462 3350
July 10, 2019 460 3600
July 24, 2019 459 3600
August 12, 2019 466 3600
August 20, 2019 457 3600
September 4, 2019 463 3600
September 18, 2019 462 3600
October 2, 2019 464 3900
October 16, 2019 (Program-speific) 357  500

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