500 FSTP candidates invited in latest Express Entry draw

In a program-specific Express Entry draw that took place on May 15, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 500 candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada. All the selected candidates were those eligible under the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). The minimum required Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was as low as 332.

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is one of the three federal economic immigration programs managed under the Express Entry system. It allows qualified tradespersons from across the globe to settle in Canada permanently.

As in the previous draws, tie-break rule was applied in the latest draw, the time stamp given being August 29, 2018 at 8:32:03 UTC. It means candidates with a minimum CRS score of 332, who submitted their Express Entry profiles before the said date and time, were prioritised.

With the latest draw, which is the 10th Express Entry draw of 2019, the number of Invitations to Apply(ITAs) issued by Canada through the Express Entry system so far this year has reached 31750.

This is not the first time IRCC is conducting program-specific draws. Such draws allow Canada to invite candidates for filling the identified labour shortages in key sectors.

However, candidates under the other two economic immigration programs under Express Entry– Federal Skilled Worker and the Canadian Experience Class(CEC)– need not be disappointed. A program-specific draw is usually followed by an all program-draw, that too with a decrease in CRS cut-off threshold.

Minimum CRS requirements in the Express Entry draws held this year:

Date Minimum CRS scoreNumber of ITAs issued
January 10, 20194493900
January 23, 20194433900
January 30, 20194383350
February 20, 20194573350
March 6. 20194543350
March 20, 20194523350
April 3, 20194513350
April 17, 20194513350
May 1, 20194503350
May 15, 2019(program-specific)332 500


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