IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) conducted an Express Entry draw of a new type with two distinct CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) minimum thresholds for FSTC (Federal Skilled Trades Class) candidates and provincial nominees respectively.
The minimum CRS threshold of 199 for FSTC candidates was said to be the least ever by some margin. The 775 threshold for provincial nominees implies that candidates with a core CRS score of 175 also received an ITA (Invitation to Apply).
The core CRS score signifies score of a candidate with the additional points for a provincial nomination, a job offer, or Canadian post-secondary education. Candidates who get an improved provincial nomination are granted 600 additional CRS points. Now, a provincial nomination is the only most valuable factor within the CRS, said CIC News.
In the draw, on 26 May, 400 FTSC candidates and 143 candidates who had received a nomination through an Express Entry-aligned PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) stream were recipients of an ITA.
Of the 63 draws that took place since the first introduction of Express Entry in January 2015, only three were program-specific. In other words, based on the CRS scores and ranking alone, 60 draws have issued ITAs and three draws also took into consideration the program for which a candidate is eligible.
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