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Second largest all-program Express Entry draw of the year issues 4200 ITAs

In the federal Express Entry draw held on September 2, Canada invited 4200 candidates to apply for permanent residence. The latest draw also happens to be the third all-program draw to be held after March 18, when Canada introduced border restrictions in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score required for candidates in the latest draw was 475, which means a decrease by 1 point compared to the previous all-program draw. The draw also happens to be the second largest draw in terms of the number of Invitations To Apply (ITAs) issued, the first being the one held on February 19, 2020 in which 4500 ITAs were issued. The high number of ITAs issued in the latest draw once again proves that Canada remains committed to fulfill the immigration goals it has set for the current year and beyond.

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With the latest draw, the total number of ITAs issued by IRCC so far this year has reached 69950, which is a new record. As in the previous draws, a tie-break rule was applied in the latest draw too, the timestamp used being September 2, 2020, at 14:17:32 UTC. It means the draw prioritized those candidates with a minimum score of 475, who had submitted their Express Entry profiles before the said date and time.

Though a job offer is not necessary to receive an invitation under the Express Entry system, those who have one are awarded additional points. The applications for permanent residence in Canada under the Express Entry system are processed within a period of just six months.

Express Entry draws held so far in 2020

Draw Number Date Number of ITAs issued Minimum CRS score
162 September 2 4200 475
161 August 20 3300 454(CEC-specific draw)
160 August 19 600 771(PNP-specific draw)
159 August 6 250 415(FSTP-specific draw)
158 August 5 3900 476
157 July 24 3343 445(CEC-specific draw)
156 July 22 557 687(PNP-specific draw)
155 July 8 3900 478
154 June 25 3508 431(CEC-specific draw)
153 June 24 392 696(PNP-specific draw)
152 June 11 3551 437(CEC-specific draw)
151 June 10 341 743(PNP-specific draw)
150 May 28 3515 440(CEC-specific draw)
149 May 27 385 757(PNP-specific draw)
148 May 15 3371 447(CEC-specific draw)
147 May 13 529 718(PNP-specific draw)
146 May 1 3311 452(CEC-specific draw)
145 April 29 589 692(PNP-specific draw)
144 April 16 3782 455 (CEC-specific draw)
143 April 15 118 808(PNP-specific draw)
142 April 9 3,294 464(CEC-specific draw)
141 April 9 606 698(PNP-specific draw)
140 March 23 3232 467 (CEC-specific draw)
139 March 18   668 720(PNP-specific draw)
138 March 4 3900 471
137 February 19 4500 470
136 February 5 3500 472
135 January 22 3400 471
134 January 8 3400 473

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