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Prepared by Peter Seeder, Vinay Krishnan; Edited by Christopher Samuel on August 27, 2020

Express Entry Aligned PNPs | Canada Issues 600 ITAs

On August 19, Canada held its 160th Express Entry draw inviting immigration applicants to apply for permanent residence. 600 candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 771 received invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invited candidates needed a provincial nomination from one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).

Under this program, invited PNP applicants automatically receive 600 CRS points added to their base human capital score in their Comprehensive Ranking System. This was the 3rd consecutive round in the month of August, which issued ITAs for permanent residence.

A further 250 ITAs were issued on August 6 to Express Entry candidates nominated through the Federal Skilled Trades Program, with a minimum CRS score of 415. While 3,900 ITAs were issued in ‘All-program’ draw held on August 5 with a cut-off CRS score of 476.

Express Entry is a system used by the federal government of Canada to manage applications for Canada’s three main economic-class immigration programs:

Candidates eligible for any of these programs are given a CRS score, automatically, in the Express Entry Pool. It is based on their Core/Human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability in English and French.

The highest-ranked candidates in the pool are then invited to apply for permanent residence through the regular Express Entry draws. Candidates who are having CRS scores below CRS cut-offs can apply for Provincial Nomination Programs, which is the best option to increase their scores. The highest-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pool are issued ITAs in regular invitation rounds. (Check the graph below for ITAs issues, till date, in 2020).

Express Entry Aligned PNPs | Canada Issues 600 ITAs

This was the 27th draw of 2020, which brought the total number of ITAs issued to 62,450 this year, a new record.


The time between draws is an essential factor which can influence the CRS cut-off point. Larger intervals between draws mean more candidates have time to enter a profile in the Express Entry pool. (check the graph below for CRS cut off score and time between each Express Entry draws).

Express Entry Aligned PNPs | Canada Issues 600 ITAs

Tie-break rule applied in this draw saw the date and time used as of July 24, 2020, at 11:29:33 UTC. It means all candidates with a CRS score of 771 and above, and who submitted their profiles before the mentioned date & time, received an ITA.


The tie break rule is used to classify candidates with the same CRS score. The CRS score of an applicant remains the key factor in choosing applicants who will be eligible to apply for permanent residence.  


A certain number of top-notch applicants are invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada through regular draws from the pool that usually occurs every two weeks.


Although a job offer is not required to qualify under the Express Entry System, the CRS system awards additional points for candidates who have a valid job offer.

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