Canada invited 600 applications in its recent Express Entry draw so immigration applicants can easily apply on August 19 for permanent residence. A total of 600 invitations have been issued in its 160th Express Entry round for candidates with a score of 771 in Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). For selection, a provincial nomination is needed for the candidates issued from a Provincial Nominee Program. These PNP candidates can score 600 points on CRS automatically added to their base score of human capital.

This month, the current draw was the third round to issue ITAs for permanent residence in Canada. The candidates of Express Entry nominated through the Federal Skilled Trades program were eligible for another 250 ITAs on August 6. In this rare draw, the selected candidates had to score at least 415 in CRS.

Candidates who scored all-program draws with 476 were also issued 3900 ITAs on August 5. If the pattern was continued (which paused due to Coronavirus lockdown), it started on March 18 and Canadian Experience Class would be held on August 19.

The application system of Express Entry manages the candidate pool for three major classes of economic immigration in Canada – the FSTP, the CEC and the FSWP.

The ITAs are issued to the top ranked candidates in common invitation rounds in Express Entry pool. In 2020, it was the 27th draw which set a new record with 62,450 ITAs issued in total. The Canada’s government is constantly working to meet its targets for immigration in 2020 despite the existing pandemic situation.

The highest cutoff for CRS score is 771 in the year. It might be because of having a lot of candidates in the Express Entry pool. Time between the draws means a lot on the cut-off score of the CRS. Only a few candidates can enter a profile due to shorter gaps between draws in Express Entry pool.

In the recent draw, the tie-break rule has been used by IRCC. The timestamp was 11:29:33 UTC July 24,2020. All the candidates with 771 in CRS and candidates with score above 771 received ITA in this round by entering the profile in Express Entry before the predefined time and date.