3400 ITAs issued in the first Express Entry draw of 2020 held on January 8

Express Entry

In the latest Express Entry draw held on January 8, the first draw to be held in 2020, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada invited 3400 candidates to apply for permanent residence. It shows an increase by 200 more ITAs compared to the previous draw held on December 19, 2019, where only 3200 ITAs were issued. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score in the latest draw was 473 points.

Tie-break rule was applied in the draw and the time stamp given was December 27, 2019 at 13:35:09 UTC. It means only those candidates with the minimum CRS cut-off score and who had submitted their Express Entry profiles before the said date and time, were considered to be invited in the draw.

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It is true that compared to the previous draw, the CRS cut-off score has increased by a few points. However, Canada immigration experts think that the score may come down in the future with candidates having CRS score as low as 450s standing a chance to receive Invitations to Apply. In January 2019, candidates with a minimum CRS score of 438 received invitations in an all-program Express Entry draw. Canada has set a higher immigration target through Express Entry program for 2020-2021 and it is highly likely that the CRS cut-off score would come down in the future draws.

ccording to the updated Canada Immigration Levels Plan for 2019-2021 announced on October 31, 2018, nearly 256,000 immigration candidates will be admitted to Canada through Express Entry during these three years. Around 200,000 or so permanent residents will also arrive in Canada through provincial nominee programs during this period.

The Express Entry candidates who are nominated by a province will have 600 additional CRS score points added to their total CRS score, which guarantee them an ITA for permanent residence in Canada in the subsequent Express Entry draw. International students graduated from Canadian institutions of higher education also have an advantage in the Express Entry system in the form of a few additional CRS score points.

Canada Express Entry is a fast-track option for skilled workers who wish to make Canada their permanent home. CanApprove has almost two decades of experience in helping hundreds of our happy clients to move to Canada permanently. Get in touch with our Canada immigration consultants for assistance and guidance to move to Canada permanently.

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