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August 3 Express Entry

August 3 Express Entry draw – Canada invites 2,000 to apply for PR

August 3 Express Entry draw

August 3 Express Entry draw results released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). IRCC issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence to 2,000 applicants in the August 3 Express Entry draw.

Furthermore, 250 more candidates received invitations in this draw compared to the previous draw.

Express Entry is one of the main ways Canada welcomes immigrants. Canada targets welcoming 55,900 immigrants through Express Entry in 2022. The target skyrockets to 111,500 in 2024.

4 Steps to Quickly Enter Express Entry immigration pool draws.

Applicants who received invitations in the August 3 Express Entry draw scored a minimum of 533 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The successful applicants have 60 days to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

A candidate’s CRS score is based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

How is CRS Score calculated?

Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200. You receive points according to your core human capital value. This is essentially your

  • age
  • work experience
  • educational background
  • ability to adapt, and as well as,
  • language skills

You do not need a job offer to enter the Express Entry pool. However, IRCC awards additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score points to those who already have a job.

Individual applicant or a couple may get CRS points. Candidates do not need to have any work experience in Canada in order to get ITA for permanent residence.

What is Canada Express Entry Immigration System?

Express Entry is the intake system that Canada uses to manage most immigration applications. It also is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada.

Express Entry draws for Canada permanent residence occur approximately every two weeks. In each draw, Canada issues candidates who score the cut-off minimum CRS score receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence.

If IRCC approves your PR application and you complete the landing process, you become a Canadian permanent resident.

To enter the Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile on IRCC website.

As well, you must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three programs. These are: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

Importantly, only a limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool get Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

See also Eligibility for the Canadian Experience Class (Express Entry) – 2021 Guidelines

Express Entry all-program draws ramping up

Since December 2020, Express Entry draws focused mainly on candidates from either the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

IRCC has so far issued 14,615 Express Entry invitations in 2022. All but three draws aimed exclusively at Provincial Nominee Program candidates. IRCC issued a record 114,431 ITAs in 2021, all to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and PNP candidates. It beat the previous record of 107,350 set in 2020.

See also How to get Canadian PR under Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker ClassFederal Skilled Trades Class and also Canadian Experience Class can now expect future draws to include their applications. IRCC suspended these programs from Express Entry pool draws because of severe backlog in applications processing. Bringing them back is crucial to Canada’s effort to boost its post-pandemic labour force and economy.

Canadian businesses are still struggling to fill hundreds of thousands of vacant positions with foreign skilled workers. Bringing back these programs will increase Express Entry pool of skilled candidates.

Importantly, applicants for permanent residence will no longer need to stay in Canada while IRCC processes their applications.

Applicants who apply for open work permit while IRCC processes their permanent residence application will get work permits valid to end of 2024.

And also, applicants’ family members will be eligible for open work permit.

What is Express Entry All-Program draw?

In an all-program Express Entry draw, IRCC weighs a candidate’s total CRS points in the Express Entry pool, regardless of which program they are eligible for. This means that candidates eligible for any Express Entry program have better chance to meet the minimum CRS for a draw.

Due to the pandemic, IRCC had to focus on candidates who were already in Canada. As a result, IRCC held Express Entry draws for only PNP and CEC candidates. IRCC issued a record 114,431 invitations in 2021, all to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and PNP candidates. It beat the previous record of 107,350 set in 2020.

IRCC will be able to hold targeted draws that invite Express Entry candidates to apply based on an economic goal. Candidates could be invited based on their occupation, educational credential, language ability, or other factor that corresponds to labour market needs.

How to improve your Express Entry CRS score

An Express Entry candidate typically needs a CRS score in the higher 400s to receive an invitation. Provincial Nominee draws require typically over 700 points due to the bonus 600 points.

To get to these higher scores candidates need to maximize their points on all available factors.

We advise that you continue to improve your Express Entry CRS scoring. See, for instance, Tips for Improving Express Entry CRS Scores.

Express Entry Quick Steps

How Express Entry works

Step 1: Find out if you’re eligible

There are two ways to find out if you’re eligible for a program that is part of Express Entry:

Step 2: Get your documents ready

You need documents, such as language test results, to show that you’re eligible for Express Entry.

However, note that some documents take a long time to get, so you should get them ready now.

Step 3: Submit your profile into Express Entry pool

See How to create Express Entry profile for your Canada PR Application

Basically, your Express Entry profile is where you give IRCC information about yourself.

A key point specifically if you’re married or have a common-law partner. One of you must be the main or principal applicant.

To clarify, this person is the ONE to submit a profile and list the spouse or partner in it.

Your principal applicant should be the one of you most likely to:

If you’re eligible, IRCC will accept you, and register you into the Express Entry pool of candidates.

You’ll be ranked in the Express Entry pool using the CRS points-based system. Your score is based on the information in your profile.

Step 4: Receive an invitation and apply for Canada permanent residence

IRCC will send Invitations to Apply (ITA) to the candidates with the highest scores in the pool.

If IRCC invites you to apply, you’ll have 60 days to submit your application for permanent residence.

IRCC processes complete applications that have all the supporting documents in 6 months or less.

How to improve your Express Entry CRS score

An Express Entry candidate typically needs a CRS score of 470-490 points in a regular draw.

To emphasize, to get to these higher scores you need to maximize your points on all available factors.

We advise that you continue to improve your Express Entry CRS scoring. See for example Tips for Improving Express Entry CRS Scores.

Additional resources:

Documents for Express Entry Profile

To emphasize again, you need certain documents at different stages of the Express Entry application process.

You don’t need to upload documents to submit a profile. However, you may need information from some or all of these documents:

Documents for your application for Canadian permanent residence

Most importantly, you must upload the documents referenced in your profile.

Most applicants will also need to upload the following:

See also Video of Express Entry 2019 Step by Step process and How to create Express Entry Profile.