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Immigration Update

Border Closures in Effect to December 21, 2020

The COVID-19 travel restrictions in place at the Canada-U.S. land border will remain in effect for at least another month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last Friday.

The current agreement on the U.S.-Canada border closure to non-essential travel was first imposed in March to limit the spread of the virus. The restrictions have been renewed every month since. The current extension was set to expire on November 21, but has now been renewed through to December 21, 2020. We anticipate ongoing border closure monthly renewals until a critical percentage of the population is vaccinated.

Express Entry Scores Drop To 469

On November 25th, 2020, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system.

For the second consecutive week, a total of 5,000 candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence. Today’s draw invited candidates who qualify under all Express Entry categories, including the Canadian Experience Class, Provincial Nominees, Federal Skilled Trades, and the Federal Skilled Worker Class. The minimum score selected was 469, a decrease of 3 points from the November 18th, 2020 draw in which the cut off score was 472.

This draw marks the first time this year that IRCC had held two consecutive all program draws in two weeks. The minimum score of 469 is also the lowest minimum score we have seen selected to date for Federal Skilled Worker candidates in the 2020 year. Should IRCC continue this pattern of holding larger and more frequent draws, we anticipate that the minimum scores selected will continue to decrease.