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Canada issues another 4,200 ITAs in Express Entry

On 16 September 2020 Canada organized its 163rd Expressway Entry Draw for permanent residence by inviting immigration candidates with the scores of 472 in Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). In the previous all-program draw scores were 475 which is 3 points higher, so this is the biggest drop since all-program draws started again in July.

This is the second all-program draw of Canada in the last couple of weeks with a Total of 4200 number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence that was issued. This pattern is very similar to pre-corona virus invitation rounds where all-program draws are organized in every two weeks.

The total number of ITA of this draw is equal to the ITAs issued in an Express Entry round on September 2 which were 4,200 number, which ties it for the second-biggest draw ever. The first biggest draw issued 4500 number of ITAs on February 19. These high number of ITAs from Canada is a good indication for the prospective high levels of immigrants.

Express Entry application system segregates the group of candidates for Canada’s in three main economic immigration sub-categories.

The high scorers in the Express Entry pool are granted ITAs in standard invitation rounds.

The groups of high scorers are summoned to apply for Canadian permanent residence from regular draws from the express entry pool and this generally takes place every 2 weeks for the candidates from three main economic immigration sub-categories.

Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada applied its tie-break rule in the recent draw with the timestamp of 9 March 2020 at 13:03:40 UTC. This means that all the aspirants with Comprehensive Ranking System score above 472 and aspirants with scores of 472 who submit their application in the Express Entry pool before the selected date and time, received an ITA in this draw. This rule is applied to rank candidates who have an equal CRS score. The CRS score of any aspirants remains the major contributor in selecting candidates to be invited to request permanent residence.

The size of the draw is one of the major aspects that can influence the cut-off CRS score.

Qualified candidates for three main economic immigration sub-categories are issued a score under Express Entry’s CRS, which gives points for different factors such as age, qualification, work experience and communication skills etc.

Even as a job offer is not necessary to be qualified under the Express Entry system, the CRS does award additional points to aspirants who have one.

The Canadian Government has a processing standard of 6 months for permanent residence applications applied through the Express Entry system.

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