Canada Express Entry issues over 80k ITAs for Canada PR in 2020

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its largest ever nomination draw in the month of October since the inception of Express Entry system in 2015. It has now issued over 82,850 invitations to apply (ITAs) for a permanent residence in Canada in the year 2020 alone. 

Express Entry draw is not a visa type but a database management system to select eligible candidates for three federal programs – Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). 

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A select group of candidates with prior provincial nominations may also find themselves eligible to apply for permanent residence alongside the nominated candidates.   

The first nomination draw of the month held October 14 invited foreign skilled workers with/without a job offer or even a work experience in Canada.  

Ever since the lockdown was imposed from March 18, IRCC had held specific Express Entry draws targeting candidates either with provincial nominations or canadian work experience.  The 165th Express Entry draw is also noteworthy because it considered candidates belonging to the FSWP category, i.e. candidates who had not previously lived or worked in Canada to apply for permanent residence

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Quick Highlights on 165th Express Entry Draw

#1 Largest ever Draw Size: IRCC issued a total of 4,500 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence in its latest Express Entry draw. This is a humble increase of 300 ITAs over previous Express Entry draws in 2020. 

IRCC last recorded such a draw size in the month of February 2020

#2 Qualifying CRS remains the same: Any profile to be registered in the Express Entry pool is assessed and ranked on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that considers core human capital factors like age, work experience, education and skills in English or French. 

Following the declining trend in the CRS cut-off score, the latest draw required candidates to have their CRS scores equal to or above 471 for selection. The minimum required CRS score for qualification remains the same as from the previously held all-program draw

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#3 Tie-break rule: Often there arises a situation where candidates end up having the same CRS score. Here is where IRCC uses its tie-break rule to rank a particular candidate higher. The timestamp used in the latest draw was September 1, 2020, at 12:11:23  UTC. 

This meant that all candidates with a CRS score above 471 before the selected date and time were eligible to receive an ITA in this invitation round. 

Fill-in this free online assessment to know more about your eligibility for various other immigration programs.  

Express Entry Draws in 2020

This is just the 30th draw of 2020 and the overall tally of ITAs issued has almost crossed the 80k feet. The annual allocation target for 2020 is 91,800. The exact count of issued ITAs till date is 82,850. It is the highest ever issued ITAs for Canada PR to welcome foreign skilled workers with/without job offers or Canadian work experience. 

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

Draw Number Date Number of ITAs issues Minimum CRS
165 October 14 4500 471
164 September 30 4200 471
163 September 16 4200 472
162 September 2 4200 475
161 August 20 3300 454 (CEC-specific)
160 August 19 600 771 (PNP-specific)
159 August 6 250 415 (FSTP- specific)
158 August 5 3900 476
157 July 24 3343 445 (CEC-specific)
156 July 22 557 687 (PNP-specific)
155 July 8 3900 478
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)
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


The regular conduct of Express Entry draws and Provincial Nominee draws during the ongoing travel restrictions in Canada shows a high level of commitment towards welcoming immigrants. Having offered our immigration consultancy services for over two decades now, CanApprove sees a big pull for skilled immigrants- professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, students to migrate to Canada.  

You can now fix an appointment with one of our consultants to further discuss the prospects of your Canadian immigration.   

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