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5000 ITAs issued in yet another Express Entry draw

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In the latest Express Entry draw held on December 9, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) invited 5000 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence. With the latest draw, the total number of Express Entry ITAs issued by Canada so far this year has reached 102,350, which is a new record. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for candidates to receive an ITA in the draw was 469. A tie-break rule was applied and to receive an invitation, the candidates needed to have submitted their Express Entry profile before June 4, 2020, at 22:26:05 UTC.
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This year, the CRS cut-off score has hovered above 470 for all-program draws. The score has come down to 469 only twice.
Canada already surpassed its Express Entry immigration target for the year in the draw of November 18, when 5000 ITAs were issued. This is for the first time the number of Express Entry ITAs issued in a year is crossing 100,000. This high number of Express Entry ITAs issued is in line with Canada’s commitment to welcome more than 400,000 new immigrants 2021. A large majority of these immigrants will be obtaining their PR status through Express Entry.

Canada Express Entry system

The Express Entry system of Canada manages applications for immigration under the three major federal economic-class immigration programs, which are Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class. Candidates under these programs as well as some Provincial Nominee Programs are awarded a score based on Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS), which takes into consideration various factors such as age, education, work experience, and language ability. Candidates with the highest scores are invited to apply for permanent residence.

Express Entry draws held so far in 2020

Draw Number Date Number of ITAs issued Minimum CRS score
169 December 9 5000 469
168 November 25 5000 469
167 November 18 5000 472
166 November 5 4500 478
165 October 14 4500 471
164 September 30 4200 471
163 September 16 4200 472
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

Canada Express Entry offers simple and fast-track pathway for international skilled workers to migrate to the country. Check your eligibility for Express Entry migration by our free online assessment form.

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