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3,900 Given ITAs in Latest 2020 Express Entry Draws


In the latest Express Entry draws, held on April 29 and May 1, 2020, 3,900 skilled and experienced foreign workers found themselves receiving Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residency through two of eight program-specific draws since the COVID-19 lockdown began.

Programs that are currently being processed through the Express Entry system seem to be focused on 2 immigration programs:


  • Provincial Nominees Programs (PNPs); and
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

With a target of 340,000 newcomers set to receive permanent residence in 2020 and 1 million by 2022, the Canadian government does not seem to be slowing down in processing visa applications.

The latest draws saw thousands of skilled foreign workers receive ITAs. 3,311 applicants with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of just 452 or higher were invited through the CEC, the lowest yet in 2020, while 589 PNP-linked Express Entry candidates with CRS scores of 692 received ITAs.

The trends for immigration seem to focus on two constant factors: Canadian work experience and having a valid job in Canada.

Still unsure about how the Express Entry system works? Simply visit our blog on Express Entry FAQS: Asked and answered or click the link below and complete our contact form to speak to one of our trusted visa consultants and start your evaluation, or keep reading to find out more about how we can help you apply for Canadian permanent residency in 2020.



What is The Express Entry System?


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Express Entry is a system designed to help streamline the visa application process through 3 federal economic immigration programs. It has not only made it faster but more accessible for you to apply for Canadian permanent residency from outside Canada. In fact, if you are successful, you could receive your ITA in as little as 6 months, which is just one of the many reasons why the Express Entry route is such a popular one to take among foreigners who want to immigrate to Canada in 2020.

When applying through the Express Entry system, you will have to meet some basic requirements based on the following factors, to be considered eligible:

  • Nationality;
  • Age;
  • Language ability;
  • Family members;
  • Education;
  • Work experience; and
  • Details of a job offer(if applicable)

These details are used to create your online Express Entry profile which will be ranked according to your CRS score. If you score the same or higher than the minimum CRS score, you will receive an ITA to apply for Canadian permanent residency. If your profile is not selected it will stay in the draw pool for up to a year, which means that you don’t have to reapply for every Express Entry draw. You can, however, improve your CRS score after you have created your profile and optimize your chances of getting permanent residence in Canada in various ways. One of the easiest ways to do this is to improve your IELTS language score. As mentioned earlier, having Canadian work experience or a job offer could also improve your chances, particularly during the COVID-19 lockdown period. But how does having a job in Canada improve your chances of immigrating to Canada in 2020?



How Does a Valid Job Offer Optimize my Visa Application?


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Various immigration programs have been created to help tackle the current labour gap in Canada, but none have been as successful as the Express Entry system.

One of the great benefits of applying for Canadian permanent residency through the Express Entry system is that your profile could potentially be selected by a province or territory if you have expressed interest through your online profile or if you have the skills and experience that is needed. 9 out of the 11 provinces and territories with PNP’s (Provincial Nominee Programs) have “enhanced streams” linked to the Express Entry system, allowing your profile to possibly be chosen directly from the draw pools to receive a PN (Provincial Nomination) to apply for permanent residence.

PN’s are worth 600 extra points, which means that just being nominated may boost your score and your chance of success in the visa application process.

Most PNPs also require that you have a valid job offer in Canada for at least 1 year and since Express Entry draws are predominantly selecting CEC and PNP applicants, it is currently one of the most important deciding factors between being able to immigrate to Canada or not.


How Do I Get a Job in Canada?

If you are applying for Canadian permanent residency from outside Canada, your only option is to apply online through job or provincial websites. Before you start your job hunt or the visa application process, we suggest taking a look at our top 6 tips on how to get a job offer in Canada in 2020.



What CanadianVisa Can Do for You

As an official immigration service, we offer guidance and assistance through the entire Canadian immigration process. Our certified RCICs (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants) are extremely knowledgeable in all Canadian immigration policies and are permitted by the Canadian government to liaise with them on the applicant's behalf. All candidates will first be evaluated to see whether or not they can apply for one of 70 immigration programs, visas and streams. Once we know which options you can apply for, you can then confidently select your preferred immigration program and your designated consultant will ensure that all your documents are completed accurately and submitted on time.

When you apply for Canadian permanent residency with our services you essentially remove all the stress and complications from the immigration process, and with our high success rate you can rest assured that your application is in good hands as you gain express entry into Canada.

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