First Express Entry draw of 2020 issues 3,400 invitations to apply for permanent residence

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Canada’s first Express Entry draw of 2020 has issued 3,400 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

 The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required to receive an invitation in the January 8 draw was 473.

The Express Entry system is Canada’s primary source of skilled foreign workers. It was introduced in 2015 to manage the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s three federal high-skilled immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker ClassFederal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.

Eligible candidates for each program are issued a score under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which awards points for factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

While a job offer is not required in order to be eligible under the Express Entry system, the CRS does award additional points to candidates who have one.

A set number of the highest-scoring candidates are issued an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence (ITA) through regular draws from the pool, which typically take place every two weeks.

The Government of Canada has a processing standard of six months for permanent residence applications filed through the Express Entry system.


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