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IRCC issued over 70,000 ITAs for Canada PR in 2020 with September 16 Express Entry draw

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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its second all-program Express Entry in the month of September for issuing permanent residence to foreign skilled workers with or without job offer and work experience in Canada.

Express Entry system is not a visa type but a federal application management system for immigration programs: Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), in addition to the candidates with a provincial nomination.

After registering one’s profile in the Express Entry pool, the profiles are evaluated and scored on the basis of human capital factors like age, work experience, education & language proficiency  in English or French. The profiles with prior provincial nominations may get additional CRS points upto 600. 

The September 16 draw upheld the spirits of Canadian Immigration with higher draw size and decreasing qualifying Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. It is now the fourth draw since March which considered foreign skilled workers who had not previously lived or worked in Canada, i.e. FSWP category, to apply for permanent residence.

Overall Draw Size remains the same

Continuing the trend set by the previous all-program Express Entry, the present draw also issued a total of 4200 invitations to apply (ITAs) to foreign skilled workers with or without job offer, work experience for permanent residence in Canada. 

Before the lockdown was imposed in March, IRCC held the largest ever Express Entry draw in the month of February with a draw size of 4500 ITAs for Canada PR. 

Decrease in minimum CRS score by three points

More often, it may occur that candidates end up having the same CRS score. Therefore, iIn order to uniquely rank every profile one above the other, IRCC uses its tie-break in every draw. September 16 Express Entry draw fixed the timestamp at March 9, 2020, at 13:03:40 UTC. 

This means that all candidates with a CRS score equal or above 472 and entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before the selected date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

Express Entry Draws in 2020

September 16 all-program Express Entry draw is just the 30th draw in 2020 and the overall tally of ITAs for Canada PR has now crossed the 70k mark. The exact count stood at 74,150 ITAs issued thus far in 2020 which is in itself a new record since the start of Express Entry draws in 2015. 

Here is a list of all Express Entry draws held in 2020.

Draw NumberDateNumber of ITAs issuesMinimum CRS
163September 164200472
162September 24200475
161August 203300454 (CEC-specific)
160August 19600771 (PNP-specific)
159August 6250415 (FSTP- specific)
158August 53900476
157July 243343445 (CEC-specific)
156July 22557687 (PNP-specific)
155July 83900478
154June 253508431 (CEC-specific)
153June 24392696 (PNP-specific)
152June 113551437 (CEC-specific)
151June 10341743 (PNP-specific)
150May 283515440 (CEC-specific)
149May 27385757 (PNP-specific)
148May 153371447 (CEC-specific)
147May 13529718 (PNP-specific)
146May 13311452 (CEC-specific)
145April 29589692 (PNP-specific)
144April 163782455 (CEC-specific)
143April 15118808 (PNP-specific)
142April 93294464 (CEC-specific)
141April 9606698 (PNP-specific)
140March 233232467 (CEC-specific)
139March 18668720 (PNP-specific)
138March 43900471
137February 194500470
136February 53500472
135January 223400471
134January 83400473


Canada remained committed to strengthen its immigration levels to overcome the effect of pandemic. It did so by the regular conduct of Express Entry draws and Provincial Nominee draws even during the travel restrictions. Special rules were also notified to ease the impact of travel restrictions on the admissions of International Students for the new academic session in the fall. 

If you are waiting to apply for immigration to Canada, now is a good time to begin planning. There is a processing standard time of six months for permanent residence applications filed through the Express Entry system.

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