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Posted on July 09 2020

Canada resumes all-program Express Entry draws

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By  Editor
Updated January 12 2024

Express Entry Draw #155 held on July 8, 2020, is the first all-program Express Entry draw to be held by the Federal Government of Canada since the start of COVID-19. A total of 3,900 Invitations to Apply [ITAs] have been issued to immigration candidates to apply for Canada permanent residence.

The previous Express Entry Draw was held on June 25, 2020.

As no program was specifically mentioned, candidates eligible for this round of invitations were from –

Federal Skilled Worker Program [FSWP]
Provincial Nominee Program [PNP]
Federal Skilled Trades Program [FSTP]
Canadian Experience Class [CEC]

All those that have been issued invitations in the latest draw had a Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] score of 478 and above.

As per Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC], the tie-break rule applied in the July 8 draw was of “February 11, 2020 at 03:17:13 UTC”. All candidates that had entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before the specified date and time in the tie-break and had a CRS score of 478 and above were issued ITAs in this round.

With the latest draw, a total of 53,800 ITAs have been issued so far in 2020.

Total 22 Express Entry draws held in 2020 so far.

Sl. No. Draw No. Date of Draw Minimum CRS ITAs issued
1 #134 January 8, 2020 473 3,400
2 #135 January 22, 2020 471 3,400
3 #136 February 5, 2020 472 3,500
4 #137 February 19, 2020 470 4,500
5 #138 March 4, 2020 471 3,900
6 #139 [PNP] March 18, 2020 720    668
7 #140 [CEC] March 23, 2020 467 3,232
8 #141 [PNP] April 9, 2020 698    606
9 #142 [CEC] April 9, 2020 464 3,294
10 #143 [PNP] April 15, 2020 808     118
11 #144 [CEC] April 16, 2020 455 3,782
12 #145 [PNP] April 29, 2020 692    589
13 #146 [CEC] May 1, 2020 452 3,311
14 #147 [PNP] May 13, 2020 718    529
15 #148 [CEC] May 15, 2020 447 3,371
16 #149 [PNP] May 27, 2020 757    385
17 #150 [CEC] May 28, 2020 440 3,515
18 #151 [PNP] June 10, 2020 743    341
19 #152 [CEC] June 11, 2020 437 3,559
20 #153 [PNP] June 24, 2020 696    392
21 #154 [CEC] June 25, 2020 431 3,508
22 #155 July 8, 2020 478 3,900
Total ITAs issued in 2020 so far – 53,800.

The last all-program draw to be held by Canada was on March 4, 2020.

Recently, the focus has been on candidates that were more likely to already be in Canada as compared to immigration candidates that were overseas. Since March 18, the federal Express Entry draws have alternated between inviting candidates with a nomination under the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] and those eligible for the Canadian Experience Class [CEC].

It was March 18 when travel restrictions were imposed in Canada as part of COVID-19 special measures.

With a standard processing time of 6 months for Canada PR applications filed, Canada’s Express Entry continues to be much sought-after among immigrants in 2020.

If you are looking to Work, Study, Invest, Visit, or Migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No. 1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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