Ministerial Instructions

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) of 2002 provides the legislative authority for Canada’s immigration program. IRPA contains various provisions that allow the Minister to issue special Instructions to immigration officers to enable the Government of Canada to best attain its immigration goals. Ministerial Instructions (MI) are typically issued for limited periods of time, and can touch on a diverse range of issues, from temporary resident processing to federal skilled worker selection and application intake measures.

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system

Note: IRCC is using a new approach to rank candidates who have the same CRS score and a new format for its Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. You can go to the invitation rounds page for the date and time of the round, the CRS of the lowest ranked candidate invited and the tie-breaking rule.

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #140 – March 23, 2020

The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, pursuant to paragraphs 10.3(1)(i)a and (j)b of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Actc, gives the annexed Ministerial Instructions Respecting Invitations to Apply for Permanent Residence Under the Express Entry System (March 23, 2020).

Ottawa, March 23, 2020

Marco E. L. Mendicino
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system (March 23, 2020)

Interpretation

1 The following definitions apply in these Instructions.

eligible foreign national
means a foreign national whose expression of interest is in the express entry pool established by the Express Entry Instructions. (étranger admissible)
Express Entry Instructions
means the Ministerial Instructions Respecting the Express Entry System, as published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on December 1, 2014, as amended from time to time. (Instructions concernant le système Entrée express)
specific ranking
specific ranking means (a) for a class referred to in any of paragraphs 2(a) to(c) of the Express Entry Instructions, the ranking established only among the eligible foreign nationals who are eligible to be invited to make an application in that class; and (b) for the class referred to in paragraph 2(d) of those Instructions, the ranking established only among the eligible foreign nationals who are members of that class. (classement spécifique)
invitation
has the same meaning as in section 1 of the Express Entry Instructions. (invitation)

Invitations — Period

2 Invitations may be issued under these Ministerial Instructions during the period beginning on March 23, 2020, and ending on March 24, 2020.

Invitations — Number

3 The number of invitations that may be issued for a class referred to in column 1 of the table of this section is the number set out in column 2.

Classes Number of Invitations
Class referred to inparagraph 2(a) of the Express Entry Instructions (Federal Skilled Worker) 0
Class referred to inparagraph 2(b) of the Express Entry Instructions (Canadian Experience) 3,232
Class referred to inparagraph 2(c) of the Express Entry Instructions (Federal Skilled Trades) 0
Class referred to inparagraph 2(d) of the Express Entry Instructions (Provincial nominee) 0

Invitations — Rank

4 Invitations may be issued to eligible foreign nationals who are ranked as follows:

(a) in the case of the class referred to in paragraph 2(d) of the Express Entry Instructions, they must be ranked among the first 3,232 eligible foreign nationals in the specific ranking for that class.

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