Canada invites 3,232 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence


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In a recent draw held on March 23rd, Canada invited 3,232 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence. The invitations were issued to Canadian Experience Class program candidates with Comprehensive Ranking Scores (CRS) as low as 467.

The program-specific draw was the second since 2015 to specifically target candidates in the Canadian Experience Class, which is open to foreign nationals with at least one year of work experience in Canada, among other criteria.


The Canadian Experience Class is one of three Federal High Skilled immigration

programs managed by the Express Entry system. The other two are the Federal Skilled Worker Class and the Federal Skilled Trades Class.

Candidates in the Express Entry pool are ranked based on a score awarded under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that considers factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French. A job offer is not required in order to be eligible for an Express Entry invitation to apply (ITA), though additional CRS points are awarded if a candidate has one.

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

The target for new permanent resident admissions through Express Entry is slated to rise to 85,800 ITAs in 2020 and 88,800 in 2021. Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program's target, a portion of which is also managed by the Express Entry system, is set to rise to 67,800 in 2020 and 71,300 in 2021.

Source: Canada Immigration Newsletter

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