Already Two Express Entry Draws in April 2020
February 9, 2021
As many countries around the world prepared to enter a long weekend of uncertainty, there were a good number of Canadian immigration applicants who received life changing news in these hard and uncertain times. On the 9th of April 2020, Canada held not one, but two Express Entry draws to invite applicants who have applied to immigrate to Canada for permanent residency. The first draw had a high Comprehensive Ranking Score cutoff, at 698 points this draw was aimed at applicants with a provincial nomination and saw 606 applicants sent invitations. For the second draw that same day, the cutoff score was lowered to 464 points, opening the door for another 3,294 applicants to receive invitations. This was the lowest set cutoff score since October 2019 and saw a total of 3,900 invitations issued in one day. Canada is one of very few countries that are somehow effectively managing the Covid-19 pandemic with open borders. Canada recognizes the role immigrants have played in the success of their own economy and is therefore working hard to ensure it continues to attract global talent while maintaining the integrity of its borders. IMPORTANT NOTICE: on the 1st of April, the IRCC released an official statement saying that it would continue to process applications for permanent residency. In other words, if you had any doubts, don’t. Start your Canadian immigration process today.
How Do I Apply For Express EntryThe Express Entry system is made up of three immigration programs. Which one you should apply through depends on your skills, qualifications and experience. Federal Skilled Worker Program - for people with a qualification and experience in managerial, professional and technical positions. Federal Skilled Trades Program - skilled trade workers in the following categories:
- Industrial, electrical and construction
- Maintenance and equipment operation
- Supervisors and technical jobs in operations, agriculture and related production
- Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
- Chefs and cooks
- Butchers and bakers
- Obtain a valid job offer (in your profession) - a valid job offer, depending on the NOC category it falls into, can be worth anything between 50 and 200 points
- Create an expression of interest in a particular province and earn a provincial nomination - a provincial nomination is worth 600 points, and as you can see from the first Express Entry draw of the two, pretty much guarantees an invitation to apply for PR status.
- Get a letter of support from a close friend or distant family member already living in Canada - even if it can’t be counted toward the CRS (only a direct family member is worth points) it can help earn a provincial nomination, and you’ve read what that is worth.
- Improve your CLB test scores - higher scores means higher points, simple.