In an Express Entry system draw held on April 9, 2020 a total number of 606 applicants were sent out Invitations to Apply by the Government of Canada for Canadian permanent residence. The best part about this draw was the fact that the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score for this round of invitation was slashed down by 22 points from the earlier provincial nominee draw conducted on March 18, 2020. 

The Express entry draws are mainly held on a regular basis, so as to remove the uncertainty surrounding about whether or not these draws would take place, due to the rapid implementation of protective measures due to COVID-19. 

This doubt was further dispelled with the tweet made on April 1 by  the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on the continuance regarding Express Entry round of invitations, and even confirmed in their tweet, that despite the measures, they will be continuing to accept and process Canadian permanent residence applications, and that there will be no delay concerning that.

This recent Express Entry Draw, was in fact the second to be conducted in less than a month, in order to target prospective applicants via provincial nominee program. Since March 18, 2020, the ORCC has held two other program-specific invitation rounds held via the Express Entry system, and especially targeting applicants from the category of Canadian Experience Class as well as through provincial nominations. 

The Express Entry system of Canada is one of the most primary and significant sources for inviting overseas skilled workers who have the required skills and experience to be able to fulfill the local labor need and requirement of Canadian workforce. This system basically manages the profiles of three of the key Federal High Skilled economic class immigration programs namely the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.

An eligible applicant who has entered in the Express Entry Pool of candidates is then assigned a CRS score based on the factors of age, work experience, proficiency in English or French language, educational qualification as well as other additional factors such as arranged employment and adaptability. 

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