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Immigration Update

Express Entry Update

On July 22nd and July 23rd 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.

Provincial Nominee Program

On July 22nd 2020, 557 candidates were invited to apply under the Provincial Nominee Program. The minimum score selected in this draw was 687. To qualify, candidates must have received a certificate of nomination from a Canadian province or territory.

Canadian Experience Class

On July 23rd 2020, 3,343 candidates were invited to apply under the Canadian Experience Class. The minimum score selected was 445.

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, in March 2020 IRCC began to exclude Federal Skilled Worker candidates from the Express Entry draws, focusing instead on inviting candidates who are already likely to be in Canada. On July 8th 2020, we saw the first draw to include Federal Skilled Worker candidates again since March. However, this week’s draws again excluded Federal Skilled Worker candidates. As Federal Skilled Worker Candidates were not included in this week’s draw, the minimum cut off score was considerably lower than in the July 8th draw.