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May 15 Express Entry Draw: Canada Invited 500 Federal Skilled Trades Class Applicants

March 26 , 2020 By Rajneesh Kumar

May 15 Express Entry draw for Federal Skilled Trades


The Canadian Government has conducted this year s first program-specific Express Entry draw on 15th May 2019. Total of 500 invitations to apply has been issued to the Federal Skilled Trades Program candidates.

The minimum cutoff score of 332 was 106 points less compared to the previous lowest in 2019. It is marked as this year s lowest cutoff score in comparison to the past an all-program Express Entry draw, which was 438.

The last Federal Skilled Trades Class Express Entry draw was announced on 24th September 2018. It targets Federal Skilled Trades Class candidates with lower CRS scores and is open to foreign nationals who have qualification certificates to prove their eligibility to work in any Canadian skilled trade occupation.

For the May 15 draw, the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) has used the tie-breaking rule, which was implemented on August 29, 2018, at 8:32:03 UTC. This clearly indicates that all those Federal Skilled Trades Class candidates who submitted their Express Entry profiles on this date and time and have scored CRS of 332 or above will receive an ITA to apply for a permanent residency visa in Canada.

Understanding the basics

Managed by the Express Entry system, the Federal Skilled Trades Class is one among the three economic-class immigration programs.

Eligible candidates obtain a score under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) on the basis of the following factors:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Skilled work experience
  • Proficiency in English or French

Categories who fall under Skilled work experience eligibility are:

  • Major Group 72: Industrial, electrical and construction trades
  • Major Group 73: Maintenance and equipment operation trades
  • Major Group 82: Supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture, and related production
  • Major Group 92: Processing, manufacturing and utility supervisors and central control operators
  • Minor Group 632: Chefs and cooks
  • Minor Group 633: Butchers and bakers


What are the predictions for the future?

In the year 2019 and 2020, IRCC is targeting higher admission for Express Entry pool and today’s small draw issuing 500 ITAs is expected to be followed by larger all program Express Entry draws in the near future.

Addressing the labor market needs

Such small draws are generally conducted under Canada’s provincial nominee programs to address the needs of the labor market as well. These draws aims at issuing an Invitation to Apply to all those Express Entry candidates who have low CRS scores.

Have a look at a few examples where a province has issued ITAs to Express Entry candidates with lowest CRS Scores:


  Minimum CRS scores to get   ITAs  



  Nova Scotia (Labor Market Priorities Stream)  


  Ontario (Human Capital Priorities Stream) 



In fact, a few PNP streams managed by Express Entry doesn t consider a candidate’s federal CRS score as a crucial eligibility parameter. For instance, Manitoba and Saskatchewan have their own occupation lists.

Also Check: Canada Immigration In-Demand Occupation List

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