July 20 Express Entry draw.
July 20 Express Entry draw results released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). IRCC issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence to 1,750 applicants in the July 20 Express Entry 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.
Applicants in the July 22 Express Entry draw who received invitations to apply scored a minimum of 542 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.
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
- 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.
Importantly, only a limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool get Invitations to Apply (ITAs).
Second Express Entry all-program draw since December 2020
The July 20 Express Entry draw was the second all-program draw (after July 6 draw) since December 2020. Since December 2020 IRCC, only invited candidates from either the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
Candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal 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, family members the candidate’s permanent residence application will be eligible for open work permit.
Express Entry All-Program draws
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.
Express Entry Quick Steps
- Create an IRCC profile/account to apply for Canada visa online
- Check your application status
- Check application processing times
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:
- answer a few questions to see if you meet the minimum requirements
- read the detailed requirements for each program
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
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:
- meet the eligibility requirements
- earn the most points in the selection factors (if applying under the Federal Skilled Workers Program)
- earn the most points in Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System
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.
- Quickly Check your CRS score with our simple FREE CRS Score calculator.
- THEN use the more detailed official Canada government CRS Score form for Free.
- THEN create your official Canada government Express Entry 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.
- Presentation for skilled foreign workers
- Express Entry factsheet for candidates
- Summer 2015 – Presentation deck from employer engagement sessions
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:
- passport or travel document
- language test results
- education credential assessment report if
- you’re applying through the Federal Skilled Workers program, or
- you want to get points for the education you got outside Canada
- provincial nomination (if you have one)
- written job offer from an employer in Canada (if you have one)
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: