IRCC conducts third Express Entry draws in July inviting 3,343 CEC candidates

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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in its 9th CEC-specific draw in 2020 issued a staggering 3,343 Invitations To Apply (ITAs) for Canada PR exclusively to candidates with a Canadian Experience.  

July 23 Express Entry draws were held subsequent to the latest PNP-specific draws. All the invited candidates required to have a qualifying Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 445 points which happens to the lowest CRS requirement of the month. 

Earlier this July, IRCC resumed the popular all-program Express Entry draws after a gap of four months. 3900 candidates having minimum CRS requirement of 478 points were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

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The present draw has CRS cut-off score 14 points higher and reduced draw size than the previous CEC-specific draw. Despite the current travel restrictions to Canada, IRCC has actively conducted Express Entry draws along with several other Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws in this period. Program-specific draws were preferred in such times to nominate candidates who were in Canada to apply for permanent residence. However, candidates outside Canada were also considered in these draws. 

Tie-break rule was applied by IRCC with timestamp recording November 11, 2019, at 15:16:55 UTC. It effectively means that candidates with a CRS score equal to or above 445 and who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before the selected date and time were only eligible to receive an ITA in this invitation round.


Program-specific Express Entry draws held in 2020

Candidates who receive ITA for permanent residence in Canada under the CEC program are required to have prior one-year work experience in Canada. Candidates who register under the Express Entry having a provincial nomination may seek upto an additional 600 points on their overall CRS. It shall effectively guarantee them to receive an ITA for Canada PR in the subsequent Express Entry draws.  


Draw Number Date Number of ITAs issues Minimum CRS
157 July 23 3343 445 (CEC- specific)
156 July 22 557 687 (PNP-specific)
154 June 25 3508 431 (CEC-specific)
153 June 24 392 696 (PNP-specific)
152 June 11 3551 437 (CEC-specific)
151 June 10 341 743 (PNP-specific)
150 May 28 3515 440 (CEC-specific)
149 May 27 385 757 (PNP-specific)
148 May 15 3371 447 (CEC-specific)
147 May 13 529 718 (PNP-specific)
146 May 1 3311 452 (CEC-specific)
145 April 29 589 692 (PNP-specific)
144 April 16 3782 455 (CEC-specific)
143 April 15 118 808 (PNP-specific)
142 April 9 3294 464 (CEC-specific)
141 April 9 606 698 (PNP-specific)
140 March 23 3232 467 (CEC-specific)
139 March 18 668 720 (PNP-specific)

All-program Express Entry draws held in 2020

The resumption of all-program Express Entry draws after a gap of four months also meant that candidates under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and the Federal Skills Trades Program (FSTP) are now to be considered. Usually, such candidates do not find a place in the program-specific draws. 

While a candidate need not have a job offer to apply, those having one are awarded additional points under CRS. 


Draw Number Date Number of ITAs issues Minimum CRS
155 July 8 3900 478
138 March 4 3900 471
137 February 19 4500 470
136 February 5 3500 472
135 January 22 3400 471
134 January 8 3400 473


Despite the current travel restrictions to Canada, IRCC is determined to achieve its Express Entry target of 85,800 ITAs in 2020. The latest draw results pushed the tally to 57,700 ITAs issued so far this year, compared with 45,400 at this time in 2019. 

CanApprove predicts a bright prospect for candidates willing to immigrate to Canada. Contact our immigration consultants to know your eligibility and various options for immigration to Canada. 

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