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THE 158TH DRAW:  The 158th Express Entry draw for permanent residence took place for candidates on 5th August 2020 which was an all-program draw.  About 3,900 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 476 received an invitation to apply (ITA).  The latest CRS cut-off score decreased by 2 points compared to the previous all-program draw which took place on 8th July 2020.

Today's draw makes the total number of ITAs issued in 2020 to 61,600. This implies that despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is committed to reaching its immigration targets for the year 2020.  

Also, Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates remain to be invited as well to permit provinces to meet their labour market requirements. 

The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced an all program Express Entry draw about candidates in Canadian Experience Class program(CEC), Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

IRCC used tie-breaking rule for application received before 27th July 2020, at 01:02:47 UTC, inviting all candidates with a CRS score of 476 or above, and prior candidates with a score of 476 or above before the selected tie-breaking date and time will receive an invitation in this round.

NEXT DRAW:  We are unable to predict when the next draw will take place for candidates to be selected in the all program draw. Though, information and data gathered subsequently the beginning of Express Entry in 2015, there is a clear pattern on when the Canada Express entry draw take place or else generally on Wednesdays, every two weeks. 

This is only a pattern, and there have been nonconformities from it,  some Express Entry draws took place on Mondays or Tuesdays, and occasionally wait time between two draws is one or three weeks, instead of the usual two. 

If you want to be warned about when a draw takes place, don't hesitate to contact us or follow us on social media and subscribe to our Latest Immigration News / Newsletter Subscription.

INVITATION TO APPLY:  An Invitation to Apply (ITA) is sent to the immigration candidates in the Express Entry pool who are chosen by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). ITAs are allotted on a priority basis when a draw is conducted from the Express Entry pool, meaning that only those with the highest CRS score will obtain an ITA. 

Each Express Entry draw has a cutoff minimum score, only those who are allocated a CRS score above or equal to the cutoff score will receive the Invitation to Apply. For those who have a CRS score equal to that of the cutoff score, candidates who have been the longest in the pool will receive the ITA.

At the same time an Invitation to Apply (ITA) is not to be confused with  Federal Skilled Workers (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FST) & Canadian Experience Class (CEC) eligibility to the three federal programs of Express Entry, or with a job offer from an employer or with the Canada Provincial Nomination Programs.

An application under the Skilled Worker category must make sure that the candidate's occupation is on the current Occupation list. The qualifying occupations are named by NOC (National Occupational Classification) and are based on the main duties performed. The link for the 500 Skilled occupation list Canada which can be accepted for consideration under the FSW program:

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) ranks immigration in the Express Entry pool selection process on profile requirements are as follows:

  • Human capital factors such as age, 
  • Level of education, 
  • Language ability in French and English,
  • Spouse or common-law partner human capital factors, if applicable,
  • Skill transferability factors, such as foreign work experience and language ability, and
  • Additional factors, such as a provincial nomination, 
  • A valid job offer, 
  • Studies in Canada, 
  • French language abilities,
  • Having a brother or sister as a permanent resident in Canada or Canadian citizen.

The total score in the Comprehensive Ranking System is of 1,200 points,  the candidate will not be able to obtain the entire CRS score of 1,200 points. However, if your CRS score is below the cutoff score, and candidate has the option to be selected through the Express Entry.  

CANADA IMMIGRATION PLAN FOR 2019-2021:  On 31st October 2018, the government of Canada advised its Immigration Plan for 2019-2021. The plan reiterates the country's investment in increasing immigration targets for the period: approx. 256,000 new permanent residents over three years through the three Express Entry programs (FSW, CEC, and  FST), and an extra approx. 200,000 through the Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Canada multi-year immigration plan for 2020, 2021, 2022: Canada is set to bring in more than 1 million new immigrants over the next three years, with an yearly intake that might reach as high as 390,000 in year 2022.  

The experienced visa consultants of  Bilimoria & Associate are specialised in Immigration visas to Canada with 25 years of experience and will be able to guide applicants on various visa types based on their eligibility.

Using a Member of Law Society of Upper Canada Representative may give an applicant rightful information to lodge a strong and a fully-loaded application which has the option of getting the applicant and his family the need of getting their permanent residence visa approved.

Bilimoria & Associate liaisons with Member of Law Society of Upper Canada and Canadian Bar Association (Immigration section) (CPTLS). We can assist you with preparing a successful visa application to Canada.

Applicants can forward their resume to assess their eligibility under Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class or Provincial Nominee Program and be successful in obtaining a Canada family visa.

You can write to us to assess your eligibility at:  (or) contact us +91 44 2823 9229  / 4350 8191 /  2822 7127 / 2822 7222  between Monday – Saturday - 10.30 am to 5.30 pm (Lunch break: 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm) to guide you and assist you in your visa application to Canada.


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