The Government of Canada distributed 4,200 invitations among candidates who will now be able to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The draw was held on September 2, and Express Entry candidates benefitted from it greatly. People belonging to the Federal Skilled Worker Program candidates were successful during the draw.
This Express Entry draw happened to be the third all-program draw to be held since March 18, and it was the 162nd draw held by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on the whole. This draw included FSWP candidates.
Canada has distributed 69,950 invitations altogether until now. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement for the invitation round was 475, which marked a decrease of 1 point as compared to the previous all-program draw that took place on August 5.
Details of the draw
IRCC has regularly issued 3,900 invitations to apply for permanent residence (ITAs) via Express Entry every fortnight for the major part of 2020. However, there has been a steady alternating between program-specific and all-program draws.
For the September 2 draw, IRCC utilized the tie-break rule. The timestamp taken into account was August 16, 2020, at 01:22:18 UTC. All the candidates with a CRS score of 475 and above received an ITA during the invitation round as long as they submitted their profile in the Express Entry pool prior to the selected date and time.
The draw witnessed the distribution of 4,200 invitations to apply for permanent residence. It was the highest number of invitations issued since the Express Entry round held on February 19, 2020, that took place before the pandemic and issued 4,500 invitations. This is a sign that Canada still wants to welcome a large number of immigrants in spite of the pandemic.