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Immigration Update

Express Entry Update

On June 24th and June 25th 2020, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued two new rounds of invitations to apply for permanent residence, under the Provincial Nominee Program and the Canadian Experience Class. Minimum scores selected under the Canadian Experience Class program continue to decrease, with this week’s cut-off score being the lowest selected since May 2017.

Provincial Nominee Program

On June 24th 2020, 392 candidates were invited to apply under the Provincial Nominee Program. The minimum score selected in this draw was 696. To qualify, candidates must have received a certificate of nomination from a Canadian province or territory.

Canadian Experience Class

On June 25th 2020, 3,508 candidates were invited to apply under the Canadian Experience Class. The minimum score selected was 431. This is the lowest minimum score we have seen selected under this category in over three (3) years, since May 2017. To qualify for selection under the Canadian Experience Class, candidates must have at least one year of skilled work in Canada within the past three years and must meet minimum language proficiency requirements.

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, IRCC continues to exclude Federal Skilled Worker candidates from the Express Entry draws, focusing instead on inviting candidates who are already likely to be in Canada. Candidates under this category currently have a higher likelihood of selection, and we strongly recommend that those who meet the program criteria take advantage of this opportunity to apply for permanent residence.

BARTLAW LLP on Canadian Corporate Immigration –
New Publication

On June 23, 2020 the International Comparative Legal Guide – Corporate Immigration 2020 was published, featuring a Canadian chapter written by Jacqueline R. Bart, Managing Partner and Carrie A. Wright, Partner, of BARTLAW LLP. The entire publication is now live on and can be accessed here.