Express Entry draw September 2

This is an 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 September 2 Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada, 4,200 candidates will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off threshold for this draw was 475 points. The tie-breaking rule for this draw was applied to profiles at 475 points submitted after August 16, 2020 at 01:22:18 UTC.

This all-program draw is the first since early August and only the third since COVID-19 closed Canada’s borders, but it’s also the largest number of ITAs issued in a single draw since the pandemic hit Canada. It suggests that a pattern of alternating draws between all-program and program-specific may be emerging.

The September 2 Express Entry draw is only the third draw to consider Federal Skilled Worker candidates since the pandemic forced Canada’s borders closed to the vast majority of foreign nationals back in March. Just last week, the Canadian government announced that these travel restrictions would be extended by another month until at least the end of September. Further inflaming the situation is a small rise in COVID-19 cases across Canada, especially in the West, hinting at the possibility of a dreaded second-wave.

Suffice to say, COVID-19 continues to dictate Canadian immigration policy and it does not appear to be going away any time soon. 

For Express Entry, we’ve seen the adoption of a sort of “alternating approach”, flipping back and forth between all-program draws and draws specific to CEC and PNP candidates. There’s no guarantee as to how long this approach will be used, but for now it seems to be IRCC’s method of responding to the virus. 

Those in search of optimism will be pleased to know that despite the closed borders and the changing draw patterns, that the number of invitations issued through Express Entry remain at a record-high compared to previous years, showing that Canada remains committed, in the long-term, to sustained high levels of immigration. 

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