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New All-Program Express Entry Draw Issues Another 4,200 Invitations

The immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has conducted a second-consecutive all-program Express Entry draw rolling out Invitations to Apply to 4,200 immigration candidates.

The Sept. 16 draw required at least a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 472 points, three points lesser than the previous all-program Express Entry draw.

This draw, and the previous draw on Sept. 2, are jointly the second-largest Express Entry draws ever.

The largest Express Entry draw took place on Feb. 19, 2020, when 4,500 Invitations To Apply (ITAs) were issued with a minimum CRS score of 470 points.

Holding a second major draw represents a statement of intent by IRCC, that its policy of increasing immigration levels will continue into 2021, despite the coronavirus crisis.

Since COVID-19 restrictions were enforced in March, all but five Express Entry draws have featured either Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates.

Candidates in the two categories are more likely to be residing in Canada than those coming from abroad through other Express Entry-aligned programs, meaning they are less likely to be impacted by pandemic-related travel restrictions.

Since March 18, Canada has carried out twenty (20) program-specific draws, Ten (10) targeting PNP candidates, and ten (10) targeting CEC candidates. Those draws have seen 39,000 invitations sent out, including 4,785 to PNP candidates and 34,215 to CEC candidates.

Canada has now rolled out 74,150 invitations so far in 2020 after sending out a total of 85,300 in 2019. IRCC broke the record for annual Express Entry invitations in 2018 with 89,800.

all-program Express Entry draw

Canada’s high-skilled immigration admission targets for 2020 is 85,800, up from 81,400 in 2019. But, it is likely that permanent resident admission will be affected by the coronavirus crisis.

The recent draw also saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on March 9, 2020, at 9.03 am EST. If more than one applicant had the minimum CRS score, only those who lodged their Express Entry profiles before this date and time get invitations.

This was the 30th round of invitation under Express Entry in 2020 and the 163rd overall.

What is the Express Entry?

Express Entry is an immigration system or tool used by Canadian immigration authorities, also known as IRCC, on January 1, 2015, which manages applications of skilled workers under Federal Economic programs.

This includes the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Federal Skilled Worker Program and, the Canada Experience Class and parts of the Provincial Nomination Program.

Stakeholders expect to see near thirty (30) draws and more than 80,000 invitations sent out in 2020, with a majority of draws featuring CRS scores around 470 to allow IRCC to meet targeted annual immigration levels for 2020.

The Canada immigration authorities (IRCC) have a processing standard of six months for permanent residence applications submitted through the Express Entry system.