Canada has conducted another all-program draw, inviting Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Canada sent out 3,900 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in a draw conducted August 5.

Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 476 to be invited in this invitation round.

Canada’s immigration immigration or IRCC has been issuing 3,900 invitations through Express Entry every two weeks for most of 2020.

While IRCC changed from all-program draws between March 18 and July 8 and was targeting individuals in only two specific programs during that period, that changed last month.

On July 8, IRCC conducted an all-program draw before returning again to program-specific draws on July 22 and July 23, indicating it may start to alternate between these two types of draws as things gradually return to normal.

The number of invitations rolled out in 2020 was not affected by the temporary policy adjustments and remained stable throughout the year. The year began with two draws of 3,400 invitations each in January, followed by one draw of 3,500 invitation and a record-breaking 4, 500 in February. Since March, IRCC held twenty-one (21) draws and sent out close to 40,000 ITAs.

Express Entry is the application system that manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three economic immigration classes — the Federal Skilled Trades Program(FSWP), the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSTC) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

The highest-ranked apploicants in the Express Entry pool are granted ITAs in regular invitation rounds.

This draw was the 25th draw of 2020 and brought the total number of invitations issued this year to 61,600, a new record for this date.

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This minimum score of 476 was two points less than the last all-program invitation round held on July 8, which had a cut-off score of 478.

The higher CRS cut-off is a function of FSWP candidates once again securing invitations. Today included ITAs rolled out to candidates with higher CRS scores who would have otherwise been invited in previous months had the COVID-19 pandemic not affected IRCC’s Express Entry policies.

The time between draws is a major factor that can have an effect on the CRS cut-off score. Bigger intervals between draws mean more individuals have time to enter a valid profile in the Express Entry pool.

IRCC used its tie-break rule in this draw. The timestamp used was July 27, at 01:02:47 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 476, as well as those with scores of 476 who completed their profile in the Express Entry pool before the selected date and time, received an invites in this invitation round.

The tie-break rule is used to rank candidates who have the same comprehensive ranking system score. A candidate’s CRS score remains the major factor in choosing candidates to be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Qualified candidates for each program are issued a score under Express Entry’s CRS, which allotted points for factors such as age, education or qualification, skilled work experience and ability in English or French.

While a job offer is not needed in order to qualify under the Express Entry system, the CRS does award extra points to candidates who have one.

A specified number of the highest-scoring candidates are granted an invitation to apply for permanent residence through regular draws from the pool, which normally take place every two weeks.

The Canadian government has a processing standard of six months for permanent residence applications submitted through the Express Entry system.

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