Express Entry Draws – Lowest Scores since 2017!

Express Entry Draws – Lowest Scores since 2017!

Express Entry Draws this week saw the Comprehensive Ranking System scores drop further for those applying under the Canadian Experience Class or under an Express-Entry aligned Provincial Nominee Program.

On June 24, 2020 and June 25, 2020, IRCC held two Express Entry draws. 3900 candidates received an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence after these two draws were held. Permanent Residence applications under Express Entry were processed in 6-8 months by IRCC (pre-Covid)

The first draw occurred on June 24, 2020 and was limited to those with a Provincial Nomination. The draw yielded a threshold CRS Score of 696, a decrease of 47 points from the last draw in this program that occurred on June 10, 2020 (which yielded a score of 743). Invitations to Apply for Express Entry were extended to 392 individuals as a result of this draw.

The second draw occurred this morning on June 25, 2020 and was limited to those eligible to apply under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The threshold CRS Points required for those with at least one year of Canadian work experience in a high-skilled position dropped to 431 (a drop of 6 CRS points). Invitations to Apply were received by 3508 individuals. The last time we saw scores this low was in 2017!

Those eligible to apply for Express Entry are ranked against others in the pool. Therefore, information about the Pool of Candidates is critical when assessing the chances of success. As of June 22, 2020, there are a total of 142,636 candidates in the pool. Of those, 22,103 are above 451. It’s interesting to note that the number of applicants above 451 has not increased significantly.

Express Entry is Canada’s popular merit-based immigration process that allows eligible individuals to qualify for Canadian permanent residence without a job offer! The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) assigns a numerical value to a number of factors including (among others): Age, Education, Language Abilities (English and French), Work Experience gained in Canada and abroad, as well as whether one has a job offer. The combined score is the CRS Score. Approximately every two to three weeks, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will determine the threshold CRS Score and will issue an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence by submitting a full application and supporting documents.

Not sure if you qualify or are eligible to enter this process? Contact Dhillon Immigration Law today and set up a consultation with Attorney Pavan Dhillon, an experienced and successful Canadian immigration attorney. The value is not in knowing the score, it is in learning the strategy for long-term success, including how to increase your scores

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