Largest Express Entry Draw Ever, Invites 5,000 Candidates

Canada has conducted its largest Express Entry draw ever on November 18, 2020.

A total of 5,000 Express entry candidates were issued invitations in this draw, bringing candidates one step closer to Canadian permanent residence.

Candidates needed a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 472 in order to get an invitation to this round.

Express Entry is Canada’s immigration application management system for three main federal economic-class programs: Canadian Experience Class; Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Workers Program.

Candidates in these streams, as well as some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), are awarded a score based on the CRS. Points are given based on a candidate’s human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and proficiency in English or French.

The highest-scoring persons receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in an Express Entry invitation round.

In case of a tie-break between candidates, IRCC applies the tie-breaking rule. So, for this draw, individuals who had a CRS score of 472 or more, need to have lodged their Express Entry profile before October 27 at 06:18:11 UTC in order to get an invitation.

This year, the CRS requirement has normally hovered above 470 for all program draws. The Federal Skilled Trades Program-only draw on Aug. 6 invited trades workers with a CRS of 415, and previous Canadian Experience Class-only draws dropped into the 440s.

PNP-only draws have higher requirements because Express Entry candidates who obtained a provincial nomination are automatically granted an extra 600 CRS points.

PNPs offer alternative immigration pathways to Canadian permanent residence for Express Entry candidates who posesses a lower CRS score.

The new draw brings the total number of invitations sent out in 2020 to 92,350. This year is winding 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.

A large number of invitations is in line with Canada’s commitment to welcome over 400,000 newcomers in 2021, most of them coming through the Express Entry system.