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Canada Express Entry 2020 Annual Report Released

Canada Express Entry 2020 Annual Report

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released the Canada Express Entry Yead-End Report 2020 on December 13. The Annual report on Express Entry determines who got to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry. It gives information about the type of occupation, destination, and source of residence of newly obtained permanent residents (PR).

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The 2020 Year-End Report also includes the analysis of the pandemic on Canada’s major economic-class immigration application system. Usually, IRCC releases Canada Express Entry annual reports in the months of summer. The delay in releasing the report is understood as the department is still mitigating the effects of the pandemic.

A departure from the previous Canada Express Entry draws is noticed. IRCC says 42% of invitations in 2020 went to candidates who had Canadian education, up from 28% in 2019. So, should you plan your higher studies in Canada to easily qualify for Canada PR?

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U.A.E. Among Top Countries of Residence For Canada Express Entry Invitations

IRCC innovated the process of Canada Express Entry PR invitees by targeting only those candidates who were eligible for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). It is because such candidates are more likely to be physically located in Canada. Also because they are less likely to be impacted by public health measures.

As a direct result, the proportion of Express Entry candidates invited to apply from inside Canada grew from 47% overall in 2019 to 63% overall in 2020.

The top six countries of residence for invitations remained the same as previous years:

  • Canada,
  • India,
  • U.S.,
  • Nigeria,
  • U.A.E., and
  • Pakistan.

Lebanon made the top 10 list for the first time since the Canada Express Entry system was created in 2015.

Canada in the top significances more temporary residence gets preferred for Canada PR in due course of time. Any interested immigration aspirants can plan their immigration to Canada by first obtaining a study permit or work permit and gaining Canadian experience. Based on this experience, they can qualify to apply for PR through Canada Express Entry.

Nearly two-thirds of principal applicants who applied through Express Entry in 2020 named Ontario as their province of destination.

Compared to 2019, the number of principal applicants who intended to move to Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and New Brunswick also increased in 2020.

About 51% Canada Express Entry Applications Completed Within 6 Months

Canada issued a record number of invitations to Express Entry candidates in 2020. In 2020, IRCC issued more than 107,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs), compared to 2019 when IRCC issued 85,300 ITAs for Canada PR.

But the irony is that the actual number of new PRs brought in through Canada Express Entry dropped to a three-year low. Out of the ITAs issued in 2020, only 63,923 Express Entry applicants and their family members got permanent residence.

In normal circumstances, Canada ends up admitting more PRs than the total ITAs. This is because one Canada Express Entry application can contain the principal applicant and their family members. This explains why 109,601 new permanent residents got admitted in 2019.

IRCC did not meet the processing standard of finalizing 80% of Express Entry applications within six months. The average processing time was nine months, which is one month slower than in 2019.

IRCC adds that about 51% of applications in 2020 were completed within the six-month standard.

Processing Time for Canada Express Entry Applications in months – Year-wise Data

Express Entry Program 2018 2019 2020
Canada Experience Class (CEC) 5 7 8
Federal Skilled Workers 6 9 12
Provincial/Territorial Nominees 6 9 11

More Canada Express Entry Invitees in Tech Occupations 

Following the trend, occupations in Information Technology, and Business and Financial Services continues to dominate the Canada Express Entry invitees. However, 2020 Express Entry draws also invited more Food Service Supervisors and Administrative Assistants to apply for Canada PR.

Canada is also reshaping its immigration policies to bring in gender equality. Both genders applied most often under the CEC. The difference between men and women applicants was more pronounced under the FSTP and least pronounced under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP).

Statistically, the proportion of women in the Express Entry pool grew to 43% in 2020 compared to 41% in 2019. However, a slightly higher proportion of men than women submitted applications as principal applicants in 2020.

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