Canada invites 4500 candidates in largest Express Entry draw ever

Canada invites 4500 candidates in largest Express Entry draw ever

In the largest Express Entry draw ever held on February 19, a total of 4500 candidates received invitations to apply for permanent residence in Canada from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Compared to the previous draw held on February 5, the draw has issued 1000 more invitations. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score has also come down from 472 to 470 in the latest Express Entry draw. Tie-break rule was applied in the February 19 Express Entry draw and priority was given to candidates who had submitted their Express Entry profiles before January 13, 2020 at 10:52:52 UTC.

Every year, thousands of immigrants from different parts of the world move to Canada permanently through Canada Express Entry. As per the three-year Immigration Levels Plan of Canada for 2019-2021, Canada will be admitting around 90,000 through Express Entry alone.

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Canada migration through Express Entry

The first step for a candidate to migrate to Canada through Express Entry is to create an Express Entry profile. Each of these profiles are assessed on the basis of various eligibility factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency etc. and awarded a Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score out of 1200.  The highest scoring candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada by the IRCC, in the federal Express Entry draws which are usually conducted in every two weeks.

To enter the Express Entry pool, the candidate must prove their eligibility under one of the three federal economic immigration programs, which are Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class, or Federal Skilled Trades Class. The Express Entry candidates, who have received provincial nomination through one of the streams/categories aligned to the federal Express Entry system, will have 600 additional CRS score points added to their total score. So they surely receive an invitation from IRCC to apply for Canada PR in the subsequent Express Entry draw.

 Express Entry draws held so far in 2020

Draw Number


Number of ITAs issued

Minimum CRS score


February 19




February 5




January 22




January 8




Canada Express Entry offers simple and fast-track pathway for international skilled workers to migrate to the country. Check your eligibility for Express Entry migration by our free online assessment form.

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