Canada has just held an Express Entry draw inviting 3,559 candidates to apply for permanent residence. 

he program specific draw saw invitations issued to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. 

This draw is the seventh CEC-only Express Entry draw since restrictions were introduced due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Since March, Canada has been targeting candidates who are likely to already be in the country, and has been holding program-specific Express Entry draws for Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and CEC candidates. 

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off was 437 in today’s draw, the lowest it has been for CEC candidates since October 2017 

IRCC applied its tie-break rule in today’s draw, meaning candidates with a CRS score of at least 437 who had submitted their Express Entry profile before a specific date and time, were invited to apply. The date and time used was May 25, 2020, at 00:31:43 UTC. 

This draw is the second in as many days after yesterday’s PNP-only draw, that saw 341 provincial nominees invited to apply for permanent residence. 

Since March, Canada’s Express Entry draws have been held more frequently, but at less predictable dates and times. Previously, draws were held regularly every two weeks on Wednesday mornings in Canada. Since Canada began holding program-specific draws, they have been occurring only days or even hours apart on the likes of Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. 

As of June 11, Canada has invited a total of 46,000 candidates to apply for permanent residence so far this year. 

Even with travel restrictions in place, this number exceeds the number of invitations issued at the same time last year. 

How do I get started? 

The first step to obtaining permanent residence in Canada is to create an Express Entry profile.  

The Canadian government uses the Express Entry system to manage permanent residence applications. 

You must be eligible for one of the following economic class programs in order to be successful: 

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class
  • Canadian Experience Class

Each profile on the Express Entry system will be given a CRS score. This score is based on multiple factors such as age, education, work experience and language proficiency. 

In addition, most Canadian provinces have immigration programs aligned with the Express Entry system, which they use to issue their provincial nominations. 

The highest-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pool would be issued invitations to apply for permanent residence. 

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