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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 NumberDateNumber of ITAs issuesMinimum CRS
165October 144500471
164September 304200471
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


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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