01 May 2020, the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced second Express Entry draw of this week.
Draw Number: 146
Draw Date: May 1st, 2020
Number of Invitations Issued: 3,311
Minimum CRS: 452
Program Specified: Canadian Experience Class
Tie-breaking rule: October 10, 2019
Today’s draw (146) was held at 11:33:47 UTC and is currently the lowest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement for a CEC specific draw in 2020.
3,311 candidates received an invitation to apply (ITA) that had a minimum CRS score of 452.
Today’s draw brings the total number of ITAs issued this week to 3,900 and 34,300 since the start of 2020. This signifies that despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is committed to reaching its immigration targets for 2020.
IRCC applied its tie-breaking rule with the timestamp of October 10, 2019, at 19:15:28 UTC. This simply means that all candidates with a CRS score of 452 or above, and previous candidates with a score of 452 or above who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before the selected tie-breaking date and time will receive an invitation in this round.
When will be the next draw:
The next express entry draw is expected to occur on May 13th.
Why is Express Entry restricting draws to PNP and CEC candidates?
Since COVID-19 became a public health crisis in Canada, IRCC has been restricting draws to candidates from either Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC). We have confirmed with a trusted legal source, who spoke directly with key staff at IRCC and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), that IRCC is intentionally limiting Express Entry draws to CEC and PNP candidates in response to the health crisis.
The vast majority of CEC candidates are already in Canada and, therefore, do not require entering the country and quarantining. Meanwhile, PNPs are continuing in order to allow the provinces to meet their annual allocations.
It is unclear as to how long IRCC will restrict draws, making candidates from the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) and Federal Skilled Trades (FST) programs ineligible to receive invitations.
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