Finally an Express Entry Draw for Every Category

IRCC ran an Express Entry draw on July 8, 2020, and invited 3و900 applicants to apply. However, this round of invitation is significant, because they invited all categories. Of course, this caused an increase in the lowest CRS score. Consequently, the new lowest score was 478, which is 47 points higher than the last round of invitation.

What are the Express Entry categories?

Express Entry covers these categories:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) – This group usually covers highly educated applicants who do not have a Canadian Work Experience. Of course, many of these applicants live outside Canada.
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – These are applicants who have at least one year of recent work experience in Canada.
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC): This group covers applicants with skilled trades experience. You usually need to have a job offer from a Canadian employer. Alternatively, you could apply if you hold a certificate of qualifications from a Canadian province.
  • PNP Express Entry: This is not a real category. However, if you receive an invitation from a Canadian province in any of the previous categories, you could receive an invitation to apply.

Why is this Express Entry draw so important?

IRCC had invited PNP and CEC applicants only since Mar 18, 2020. Of course, this decision was because of the spread of coronavirus and the closure of many visa offices outside Canada. However, the new draw shows, everything is potentially going back to normal. You may ask why? We believe this could be due to any of the following reasons:

  • IRCC has implemented mechanisms to process most applications inside Canada.
  • They predict more visa offices will be operational in the coming months.
  • Regardless of the potential increase in the processing time, they want to reduce the current backlog in the pool of Express Entry.

Why such a massive increase in the minimum CRS score

The highest minimum scores were the following in the past three years:

  • 2017 – 468
  • 2018 – 456
  • 2019 – 470

As you can see, the new score is higher than any previous high score. Of course, this is partly because they did not invite FSWC applicants in the past four months or so. Regardless, it makes us uneasy as it shows the competition for Express Entry applicants is becoming more fierce.

What could happen in the next Express Entry draw?

While it is impossible to predict the future, if IRCC continues inviting all groups, we could see a slight drop in the minimum CRS score. However, don’t expect to see the scores lower than 450 for FSWC applicants.

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    Al Parsai

    Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in Toronto, Canada. He also teaches the official immigration consulting courses at Ashton College in Vancouver, Canada. Al who holds a Masters degree from Yorkville University is a member of ICCRC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented hundreds of applicants from more than 30 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.