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Express Entry: Canada Invites 4,500 Immigration Candidates To Apply For Permanent Residence

This draw brings the total number of ITAs issued by Canada so far this year up to 82,850.

Today’s Express Entry draw ties for the all-time biggest draw ever held by Canada. A total of 4,500 Express Entry candidates were issued invitations with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement of 471, which is the same as the previous Express Entry draw held on September 30.

Since September 2, IRCC has been holding draws of 4,200 invitations every two weeks. The draw of this size has not been held since February.

In case of a tie of CRS score between candidates, IRCC applies the tie-breaking rule. For this draw, candidates who had a CRS score of 471 or more, needed to have submitted their Express Entry profile before September 1, 2020, at 12:11:23 UTC in order to receive an invitation.

This year, the CRS requirement has been typically hovering above 470 for all-program draws. The exclusive Federal Skilled Trades Program draw held on August 6 invited trades workers with a CRS of 415, and previous exclusive Canadian Experience Class draws dipped into the 440s. PNP-only draws have higher requirements as the Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are automatically awarded an additional 600 CRS points. PNPs offer alternative pathways to permanent residence for Express Entry candidates having a lower CRS score.

The new draw brings the total number of ITAs issued so far in the year 2020 up to 82,850. The number of ITAs issued this year is fast-approaching the target set by IRCC in March for Federal High Skilled immigration. This year is shaping up to be a new record-breaking year for Express Entry, as the number of invitations issued to date is the highest it has ever been.

The new immigration levels will be announced by the end of this month. IRCC will set admission targets for immigrants in all classes between 2021 and 2023. These levels will give us a glimpse into the number of immigrants Canada plans to admit through Express Entry next year.



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