Express Entry September Update
September has been a slower month for Express Entry draws. Over the summer, we had seen four draws monthly. So far in September, there have been three draws. The first was a draw from all categories of permanent residence applicants. This draw occurred on September 2, 2020 and saw 4200 invitations being issued to candidates with CRS Points of 475 or greater.
The second draw occurred on September 16, 2020 and again was for all categories of permanent residence. Again we saw 4200 invitations being issued, and the candidates with CRS Points of 472 or greater were invited to apply for permeant residence.
Just now, on September 30, 2020 there has been a third draw for 4200 invitations issued to all programs for candidates with CRS Points of 471 or greater.
According to IRCC, as of September 14, 2020, there are over 23,000 people in the Express Entry pool with points between 451-500, which is where most candidates under the Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Worker Class will sit. With rounds of invitations in the 4000 range, we expect it to take some time for this number to have any meaningful change, and it is likely that the CRS scores needed to be invited under general draws will remain high for the foreseeable future.
TIPS: In-Canada applicants for Express Entry would be wise to consider all options for extending temporary status while they wait for an invitation to apply. Another tip is to be sure that no points are left 'on the table' - which includes having all education assessed, being sure to count all work experience and considering re-taking or upgrading language skills to secure the highest points possible.
None of us can get younger! So finding all of the CRS points that are available is critical to success in this highly competitive time in Express Entry.