In the latest Express Entry draw held after Canada announced new immigration levels plan for 2021-2023, a total of 4,500 invitations was sent to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement of 478.
French-speaking candidates obtain more CRS points in this draw. Recently, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that French-speaking candidates now get twenty-five (25) additional points for their language skills, up from fifteen (15), and bilingual candidates will now get fifty (50) points, up from thirty (30).
Normally, the immigration ministry holds Express Entry draws every two weeks, but this draw was temporarily put on hold in order to make some updates on all of the affected profiles in the Express Entry pool.
This is the third instance where Canada sent out 4,500 invitations at a time, the largest number of invitations rolled out in one draw.
At the end of October, Canada announced its multi-year immigration levels plan, promising to receive over 400,000 newcomers every year until 2023. More than 100,000 of these newcomers will come in via Express Entry-managed programs in the Federal High Skilled class.
Express Entry is Canada’s immigration application management system for three federal economic-class programs: Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Candidates in these programs, as well as some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), are given a score based on the CRS. Points are awarded depending on a candidate’s human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability in French or English.
The highest-scoring applicants receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in an Express Entry invitation round. In this most recent draw, Canada invited the top 4,500 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
In case of a tie between applicants, Canada applies the tie-breaking rule. So, for this draw, candidates who had a CRS score of 478 or more, needed to have lodged their Express Entry profile before Oct. 26, 2020, at 22:44:19 UTC in order to get an invitation.
This year, the CRS requirements have usually hovered above 470 for all program draws. The Federal Skilled Trades Program-only draw held on August 6 invited trades workers with a CRS of 415, and last Canadian Experience Class-only draws dipped into the 440s.
PNP-only draws have higher requirements because Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are automatically granted an extra 600 CRS points. PNPs offer other immigration pathways to Canadian permanent residence for candidates who have a lower CRS score.
The latest draw brings the total number of invitations sent out in 2020 to 87,350. 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.