Canada is still issuing Express Entry invitations via regular draws
While Canada has introduced several measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the country is continuing to organize regular draws. Many were skeptical and uncertain as to whether Express Entry draws will still be held after the imposition of the special measures, but there is no doubt anymore.
The Government of Canada organized a draw on 9th April and invited 606 Express Entry candidates allowing them to apply for Canadian permanent residence. All the invited candidates already had provincial nominations, and a minimum CRS score of 698 was required in order to be eligible. The Comprehensive Ranking System score requirement for the invitation round reduced by 22 points as compared to the previous Provincial Nominee Program draw that was organized on 18th March.
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The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) posted a tweet on 1st April that the Express Entry rounds of invitations will still be held. They confirmed that they are accepting applications and even processing them as of now.
A program-specific draw was held for the second time in less than a month, targeting all provincial nominee program candidates. The IRCC organized two program-specific invitation rounds via the Express Entry system that targeted Canadian Experience Class candidates and provincial nominees exclusively since 18th March.
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This draw was the eighth one to be organized in 2020, and it brought the number of ITAs issued to 23,206 in this year. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) followed the tie-break rule for this draw. The chosen date and time was December 18, 2019, at 11:29:51 UTC. All the candidates who had a CRS score of more than 698, and candidates who submitted their profile before this date and time while having the requisite score, got an ITA during this invitation round.