The Canada Government invited 3,350 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent Residency (PR) in a new draw held on April 17. This is contained in the country’s recently released monthly newsletter.
According to details provided in the newsletter, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) used its tie-break rule in the April 17, with the time and date set at 15:01:49 UTC on April 2, 2019.
This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 451, as well as those candidates with scores of 451 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an ITA in April’s invitation round.
About the tie-break rule
The tie-break rule, which was introduced in 2017, ranks candidates with the same Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score following the submission of their profiles to the Express Entry pool. The tie-break procedure prioritises those candidates whose profiles have been in the pool longer.
It is important to note, however, that a candidate’s CRS score remains the primary factor in determining his or her ranking in the pool. When Canada introduced the tie-break rule in June 2017, IRCC disclosed that the purpose was to help the Government better manage invitation rounds.
Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score increased to 451
Nairamtrics earlier reported that though CRS score dropped to the 438 in the first quarter of 2019, the cut-off in the April 17 draw rose to 451.
It was reported that Express Entry candidates who want to improve their ranking in the pool, may have a number of options for increasing their score; with the most valuable being a provincial nomination.
Canada’s Express Entry system is dynamic such that a candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking System score isn’t fixed but may be improved if she or he is willing to put in the effort.
According to David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell, Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal:
“It would have been nice to see the draw size go up and the cut-off score come down, but we still have a long way to go this year.
“Given Canada’s higher admissions targets for this year and 2020, there’s still the possibility that IRCC will hold bigger or even more frequent draws in the months to come and that could have the effect of lowering the minimum score.”
About Express Entry System
The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main federal economic immigration programs — Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.
Eligible candidates for these categories are entered into the Express Entry pool and assigned a ranking score based on factors such as age, education, work experience and proficiency in English or French.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala resumes first day as WTO Director-General
Dr Okonjo-Iweala officially resumed duty as the DG of the WTO today, March 1, 2021.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Nigerian Finance Minister and the first woman and African to be appointed as Director-General of the World Trade Organization resumed her first day of work as WTO chief.
This was disclosed in a social media statement on Monday morning by the WTO. Okonjo-Iweala said the WTO has lots of work to do and she feels ready to start
The trade organisation said: “Welcome to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on her first day as WTO Director-General! She makes history as the first woman and first African to take up this post.”
On her first day, Dr. Iweala said she is “coming into one of the most important institutions in the world and we have a lot of work to do. I feel ready to go.”
Director-General @NOIweala & the chair of WTO fisheries subsidies talks @WillsSantiago welcomed civil society's plea for a successful conclusion to the negotiations, visiting today an ice sculpture set up in front of the WTO headquarters by the #StopFundingOverfishing coalition. pic.twitter.com/9Y5eN4Bh5y
— WTO (@wto) March 1, 2021
What you should know
- On February 15th 2021, Nigeria’s Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was officially appointed as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.
- The United States and former Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Joe Keshi pointed out that the only way Nigeria as a country can benefit from her appointment is by being productive.
- “She will not help you unless you are productive, she will not help you except you have something to sell, because her role as a DG of the World Trade Organization, the World Trade Organization is an organization that regulates global trade and except you have something to sell and you know put into the world market her role is to ensure that you get a fair deal and that you are not cheated in the whole process,” he said.
President Biden conducts first military airstrike against Iran-backed militia in Syria
The US has carried out military action in an approved airstrike against Iran-backed militia in eastern Syria.
U.S President, Joe Biden conducted his first military action in an approved airstrike against Iran-backed militia in eastern Syria, in a response to rocket attacks against American interests in Iraq.
This was disclosed in a report by Reuters on Friday morning, which revealed that the airstrikes were “limited in scope, potentially lowering the risk of escalation.”
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said: “At President (Joe) Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria.”
“President Biden will act to protect American and Coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq,” he added.
The Pentagon revealed that the airstrikes were targeted at multiple facilities used by Iranian-backed militant groups, including Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS) at a Border Control point.
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