Canada invites Express Entry candidates in an all-time biggest draw ever.
A total of 4,500 invitations was issued to Express Entry candidates with minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirements of 471.
The CRS requirement is the same as the previous Express Entry draw conducted last month September 30.
Canada’s immigration departments has been conducting draws of 4,200 every two weeks since Sept. 2. The immigration department has not had a draw of this magnitude since February, thereby making it an all-time biggest draw ever.
Express Entry is Canada’s immigration application management tool for three main federal economic-class programs: Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Federal Skilled Trades Program.
Immigration candidates in these programs, as well as some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are awarded a score based on the CRS. Points are allotted based on a candidates human capital factors such as age, work experience, education and language ability in English or French.
The highest scoring candidates receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian immigration in an Express Entry invitation round. In today’s draw, IRCC invited the top 4,500 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence.
In case of a tie between candidates, IRCC applies the tie-breaking rule. So, for this draw, immigration candidates who had a CRS score of 471 or more, required to have lodged their Express Entry profile before Sept. 1, 2020, at 12:11:23 UTC in order to obtain an invitation.
This year, the CRS requirement has normally hovered around 470 for all program draws. The Federal Skilled Trades Program-only draw on Aug. 6 invited trades worker with a CRS of 415, and previous Canadian Experience Class-only draws dropped into the 440s.
PNP-only draws have higher requirement because Express Entry candidates who obtained a provincial nomination are automatically awarded an extra 600 CRS points. PNPs offer alternative pathways to Canadian permanent residence for Express Entry candidates who have a lesser CRS score.
The new draw brings the total number of Invitations to Apply rolled out in 2020 to 82,850. The number of invitations sent out this year is fast-approaching the target IRCC set in March for the Federal High Skilled immigration.
This year is gradually shaping up to be a new record-breaking year for Express Entry, as the number of invitations sent out to date is the highest it has ever been.
The new immigration levels that is being anticipated will be announced by the end of the month. Canada will set new admission targets for immigrants in all programs between 2021 and 2023. These levels will give us an insight into how many immigrants Canada plans to receive through Express Entry next year.