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Canada Issues 5000 ITAs In Its Largest Express Entry Draw Ever

This draw brings the total number of ITAs issued by Canada this year up to 92,350

In its largest Express Entry round of invitations ever held, Canada has issued a total of 5,000 invitations on November 18, 2020.

Candidates from all Express Entry programs were eligible for this draw. The successful candidates invited in this draw needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 472.

Express Entry is an application management system used by Canada to handle immigration applications for its three federal economic-class programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Also, some of the Canadian provinces have provincial programs that are aligned with the Express Entry system.

Candidates in these programs are ranked using a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Candidates are awarded points based on their human capital factors such as age, education, work experience, and language ability in English or French. The highest-ranking candidates are selected and invited to apply for permanent residence.

In case of a tie of CRS score between candidates, IRCC applies the tie-breaking rule by ranking the candidates based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

The tie-breaking rule for this draw was implemented for October 27 at 06:18:11 UTC. This means that candidates with a CRS score of 472 or more were only invited if their Express Entry profile was submitted before this date and time.

With this latest Express Entry round of invitations, Canada has now issued a total of 92,350 ITAs this year, shaping it up to be a record-breaking year for Express Entry in terms of the number of ITAs issued.

The increase in the number of ITAs issued this year is in line with Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023, according to which it is committed to welcome over 400,000 new immigrants in 2021. And most of these invitations will come through the Express Entry system.



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