Express Entry draw figures for the August 6 draw are below.
Canada’s immigration authorities have invited 250 Federal Skilled Trades (FST) candidates to apply for permanent residence in a small Express Entry draw that place the afternoon of August 6.
FST candidates needed 415 or more CRS points to be invited in this draw. The tie-breaking rule was applied for profiles at 415 points submitted after June 2, 2020 at 09:35:31 UTC.
This is the first FST-only draw since October of last year. The FST program is for workers in certain trades occupations. Eligible candidates need to have either a full-time offer of employment in that skilled trade for a period of at least one year from up to two Canadian employers, or hold a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade from a Canadian provincial or territorial authority.
August 5 all-program draw
The previous day, August 5, witnessed a far larger all-program draw, meaning that candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Trades (FST) programs, including Provincial Nominees, were considered. In the August 5 Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada, 3,900 candidates will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off threshold for this draw was 476 points.
The August 5 draw was the second all-program draw since March 4, 2020, as COVID-19 travel restrictions caused IRCC to temporarily limit draws to candidates who were more likely to be inside Canada. The tie-breaking rule was applied for profiles at 476 points submitted after July 27, 2020 at 01:02:47 UTC.
Recent Express Entry draw results
|Date||Number of invitations to apply issued||Minimum CRS points required|
|Draw 158||August 6||250||415|
|Draw 158||August 5||3,900||476|
|Draw 157||July 23||3,343||445|
|Draw 156||July 22||557||687|
|Draw 155||July 8||3,900||478|
|Draw 154||June 25||3,508||431|
|Draw 153||June 24||392||696|
|Draw 152||June 11||3,559||437|
|Draw 151||June 10||341||743|
|Draw 150||May 28||3,515||440|
|Draw 149||May 27||385||757|
|Draw 148||May 15||3,371||447|
|Draw 147||May 13||529||718|
|Draw 146||May 1||3,311||452|
|Draw 145||Apr 29||589||692|
|Draw 144||Apr 16||3,782||455|
|Draw 143||Apr 15||118||808|
|Draw 142||Apr 9||4,394||464|
|Draw 141||Apr 9||606||698|
|Draw 140||Mar 23||3,232||467|
|Draw 139||Mar 19||668||720|
|Draw 138||Mar 4||3,900||471|
|Draw 137||Feb 19||4,500||470|
|Draw 136||Feb 5||3,500||472|
|Draw 135||Jan 22||3,400||471|
|Draw 134||Jan 8||3,400||473|
|Draw 133||Dec 19||3,200||469|
|Draw 132||Dec 11||3,200||472|
|Draw 131||Nov 27||3,600||471|
|Draw 130||Nov 13||3,600||472|
|Draw 129||Oct 30||3,900||475|
|Draw 128||Oct 16||500 (Federal Skilled Trades only)||357 (Federal Skilled Trades only)|
|Draw 127||Oct 2||3,900||464|
|Draw 126||Sept 18||3,600||462|
|Draw 125||Sept 4||3,600||463|
|Draw 124||Aug 20||3,600||457|
|Draw 123||Aug 12||3,600||466|
|Draw 122||July 24||3,600||459|
|Draw 121||July 10||3,600||460|
|Draw 120||June 26||3,350||462|
|Draw 119||June 12||3,350||465|
|Draw 118||May 29||3,350||470|
|Draw 117||May 15||500 (Federal Skilled Trades only)||332 (Federal Skilled Trades only)|
|Draw 116||May 1||3,350||450|
|Draw 115||April 17||3,350||451|
|Draw 114||April 3||3,350||451|
|Draw 113||March 20||3,350||452|
|Draw 112||March 6||3,350||454|
|Draw 111||February 20||3,350||457|
|Draw 110||January 30||3,350||438|
|Draw 109||January 23||3,900||443|
|Draw 108||January 9||3,900||449|
Express Entry: A return to all-program draws?
Since COVID-19 became a public health crisis in Canada, IRCC had been restricting draws to candidates from either Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC). However, back on July 8, Express Entry returned to all-program draws for the first time in more than four months. Following another round of program-specific draws in late July, this week’s draw returned to the trend of all-program draws.
The CRS score-cut off remained relatively high at 476 points. However, candidates can be optimistic that the cut-off score has fallen, even if only by a little, compared to the last all-program draw.
After flipping back and forth between program-specific and all-program draws, this suggests that IRCC may be alternating draws as an attempt towards a slow return to normal amidst the ongoing health crisis. It’s possible that some program-specific draws may still take place. As well, while the COVID-19 health crisis remains under control in Canada, the global situation remains unstable and shockwaves may continue to reverberate throughout Canadian immigration.
How will COVID-19 and the Canadian border closure impact Express Entry?
COVID-19 has become a global pandemic and the Government of Canada is enacting exceptional measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus in Canada. To be kept up to date on the latest news about COVID-19 and how it is impacting Canadian immigration, please follow our regularly updated COVID-19 newsfeed.
Here are some of the questions we’ve received about how COVID-19 will impact Express Entry:
Is Canada still issuing Express Entry invitations despite COVID-19?
Canada is still issuing Express Entry invitations. Since March, most Express Entry draws were restricted to candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or those with provincial nominations. However, in July, Express Entry resumed all-program draws.
Is Canada still processing Express Entry applications during COVID-19?
Yes. Canada is still processing immigration applications for Express Entry, but processing delays should be expected.
I have an ITA, but I can’t get the documents I need because everything is shut down due to COVID-19. What do I do?
Start by consulting IRCC’s special instructions for applications being submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. IRCC has stated that they will not refuse an incomplete application missing documents due to COVID-19.
If your Express Entry PR application is due, you may submit your application with missing documents, but ensure that you include a letter of explanation explaining the missing documentation and the reasoning for this. IRCC will give you 90 days to complete missing steps in your application.
Please note that biometrics letters will still state that biometrics are due in 30 days, but IRCC will allow 90 days for the submission of biometrics.
I have been approved through Express Entry and I have my COPR, but I am outside Canada. Can I travel to Canada to activate my status?
The answer to this question depends on when your COPR was issued and where you are currently residing. According to official guidelines published by IRCC, individuals who meet one of following conditions may still enter Canada:
- COPR-holders with a valid COPR who are residing in any country other than the United States and were approved for their COPR before 12pm EDT on March 18, 2020, and who are travelling to Canada to settle permanently;
- COPR-holders with a valid COPR who are residing in the United States and were approved on any date (even after March 18, 2020) and who are travelling to Canada to settle permanently.
If your COPR/travel document is going to expire and you cannot or choose not travel to Canada due to COVID-19, IRCC states, “If we already approved your permanent resident application, but you can’t travel to Canada before your documents expire, or your documents have already expired, don’t contact us until you’re ready to travel to Canada.” Once you are ready to travel, IRCC asks you to raise a Webform indicating you’re ready and they will inform you of the next steps.
How will COVID-19 impact the CRS score cut-off?
We do not know the answer to this question. In the midst of the public health crisis, our goal is to provide our community with objective and factual information. We are refraining from speculating about possible impacts of the coronavirus on the CRS score cut-off. There are simply too many variables at play and the situation is evolving at too rapid a pace.