Express Entry draw #146 May 01, 2020
CRS Score drops again in the latest draw.
CRS Score drops again in the latest draw. The 1 May #146 program-specific draw is the eighth since the start of the coronavirus crisis.
3,311 Invitations to Apply (ITA) have been issued to Express Entry candidates through a program-specific draw held on May 1, by the Government of Canada, under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for these candidates was 452, which is the lowest CRS score since the start of 2020.
Another 589 ITAs were issued to Express Entry candidates nominated through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) earlier this week. The minimum CRS score for these candidates was 692. Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, which explains the higher cut-off score.
Yesterday’s draw brings the total ITAs issued in 2020 to 34,300.
The graph below shows a comparison of ITAs issued to date and annual target admissions since the Express Entry system was launched in 2015.
Increased frequency of program-specific invitation rounds
The Express Entry system is Canada’s principal source of skilled foreign workers. It manages the profiles of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled economic class immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Canadian Experience Class.
Eligible candidates are entered into the Express Entry pool and are ranked based on a CRS score that considers factors such as age, education, skilled work experience, and proficiency in English or French.
A set number of the highest-ranked candidates are issued an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the Express Entry pool.
Program-specific invitation rounds are no longer the exception to the norm for Express Entry draws. Since travel restrictions were introduced on March 18, IRCC has held eight program-specific draws focusing specifically on PNP and Canadian Experience Class applicants.