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Immigrants Are Happy As Minimum CRS Points Lowers In the 2020 Latest Canadian Express Entry Draw

Canada immigration news; the latest Express Entry Draw and Provincial Nominee updates

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All things being equal, every two weeks, and many potential Canadian immigrants put their ears on the ground as the Canadian government conducts an Express Entry draw.


Introduced in 2015, Canada’s Express Entry system coordinates immigration applications for three federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

 Each draw has a CRS cut-off point, which represents the CRS score of the lowest-ranking candidate to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.


Once a candidate receives an ITA, they are given 60 days to complete and submit an official electronic Application for Permanent Residence (eAPR).


How To Join The Canadian Express Entry Draw?

If you must be considered for these programs, you will need to first submit an Express Entry profile to the pool of candidates.


All Express Entry profiles are ranked against one another through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which assigns each candidate a CRS score out of 1200 points.


Kindly note that a job offer is not required in order to be eligible for an Express Entry invitation to apply (ITA), though additional CRS points are awarded if a candidate has one.


 Meaning, try to grab every bit of CRS point if you can which will eventually increase your selection in the pool.


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Total Number of Candidates issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA)

During the January 8 Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada, 3,400 candidates will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) based on being selected in the EEP pool.


With the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off threshold ay 473 points, many candidates who scored 473 and above were invited.


Here is an overview of the latest Express Entry draw figures as of January 8, 2020.


Draw – 134


Invitation to Apply (ITA) Date – January 8th 2020


Number of Issued Invitation to Apply – 3,400


Minimum CRS points – 473.


A Pictorial Distribution as of January 6, 2020 Express Entry Pool Selection

2020 Latest Canadian Express Entry Draw

How Some Candidates Were Chosen Above Others In The Latest Express Entry Draw


Meet Denis,

Denis is 29 and holds a master’s degree. He has been working for four years as a business analyst outside of Canada. He took the CELPIP and has Initial Advanced English proficiency in all four categories. While Denis has never worked or studied in Canada, his CRS of 469 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA during the December 19 draw.


Also John,

John is 30 and holds a bachelor’s degree. He has been working for three years as an administrative coordinator outside of Canada. He took the TEF Canada exam and obtained 275 in Reading, 400 in writing and speaking as well as 330 in Listening. He also took a General Training IELTS exam and obtained 3.5 in Reading and 5.0 in Listening, Writing, and Speaking. John also has a sibling who is a citizen living in Ottawa. His CRS score of 469 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA in today’s draw.


What was the secret sauce here?


As with the previous draws, a tie-break rule was used. A number of candidates had the same CRS score of 473. Meaning, only those who have created their profile before earlier, December 27, 2019 at 13:35:09 UTC will get an ITA.

Also, some that had more will also be issued an invitation to apply.


Any Hope For Immigrants In The Upcoming Canadian Express Entry Draw?

Yes, there is.


Since issuing 85,300 ITAs in 2019 by IRCC, that is 4,500 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 resident admissions through the three Express Entry-managed immigration programs rise to 85,800, up from 81,400 this year.


Also, 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.

When Is The Next Express Entry Draw?

Although this draw takes place every two weeks, nevertheless, it is not ideal to assume it will happen because no one can really be sure if the Pattern, on Wednesdays, every two weeks will be valid.


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Do you know how to increase your CRS point and not miss anything? It is by being proactive to grab al the 1200 CRS points if possible.


How? For instance, if you create a profile in the Express Entry and you do not get selected, the best step is to grab up to 400+ CRS from Provincial Nomination because there are up to nine (9) Canadian provinces and two territories have what is known as “enhanced” PNP streams that are linked to the Express Entry system.


So, you can grab it, when you do, go back to your profile, update it, and wait for the next pool selection.  


All in all,

“With Canada’s larger targets for 2020 and 2021, there’s always the chance of larger draws and possibly even quicker draws — and that would be great news for Express Entry candidates with lower CRS score.”

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