Canada conducted double-Express Entry draw for Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates on April 9

Canada conducted double Express Entry draw for Provincial Nominee Program

IRCC issued a total 3900 Express Entry invitations in a single day

The Government of Canada continues to issue invitations through Express Entry draws following the implementation of special measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

On April 9, 2020 Canada conducted two Express Entry draws within hours of one another.

In the first April 9 Express Entry draw, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) targeted candidates with nominations through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) while the second draw was restricted exclusively to candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) of Express Entry.

Details of April 9 Express Entry draws

DrawTotal Invitation to Apply (ITA) issuedComprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of lowest ranked candidate invitedTie-break rule applied
PNP-specific Express Entry draw606698 pointsDecember 18, 2020 at 11:29:51 UTC
CEC-specific Express Entry draw3294464 pointsJanuary 4, 2020, at 12:16:45 UTC

Introduced in 2015, Express Entry system is Canada’s main source of skilled foreign workers. It organizes immigration applications for three federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

In order to be considered for these programs, a candidate need to first submit an Express Entry profile to the pool of candidates. All eligible candidates are ranked against one another based on a CRS score which assigns each candidate a score out of 1200 points on the basis of factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

IRCC then invites a set number of the highest-ranked candidates from the pool to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws.

The regular draws Express Entry conducted by Canada immigration definitely removed the uncertainty among aspirants that whether due travel restrictions imposed by the Federal Government, IRCC will continue holding Express Entry rounds of invitations or not.

The Government of Canada have made it quite clear that Canada is still inviting, accepting and processing permanent residence applications.


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