Express Entry Draw | Canada Invites 4,500 New Candidates

Express Entry Draw | Canada Invites 4,500 New Candidates

Samuel Francis Gills Published:
October 19, 2020

The Government of Canada has issued 4,500 invitations to Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the recent draw held on October 14, 2020. This was the fifth all-program draw since COVID-19 and Canada’s 165th  Express Entry draw held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 471 was enough to secure an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this draw. The 4,500 invitations issued is the highest, till date for the year 2020 post the pandemic. The large number of invitations issued in this draw is a strong indication that Canada remains committed to welcoming more applicants this year as well as next two years – the multi-year immigration target that was announced by IRCC covers till 2022. This latest Express Entry draw amid COVID-19 pandemic marks a major milestone in Canadian immigration.

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

Canada continues to issue invitations for candidates in Express Entry. Since March, the majority of Express Entry draws have been limited to Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applicants or those with provincial nominations. However, in July, Express Entry resumed all-program draws.

The highest-ranked candidates in the pool are then invited to apply for permanent residence through the regular Express Entry draws. Candidates who receive express entry 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 to know the number of ITAs issued by IRCC in 2020).

This draw brings the total number of ITAs issued this year to 82,850, a new record for this date. 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 their profile in the Express Entry pool. (check the graph below for CRS cut off score and time between each draws)

The tie break rule is used for the classification of candidates with the same CRS score. The primary consideration for the selection of applicants for permanent residence is directly proportional to CRS scores.

Tie-break rule applied in this draw saw the date and time used as of September 1, 2020, at 12:11:23 UTC. It means that all candidates with a CRS score of 471 and above, and who submitted their profiles before the mentioned date & time received an ITA from the federal government of Canada.

Although a job offer is not required to qualify under the Express Entry System, the CRS awards additional points for candidates having a valid job offer. The Government of Canada has a processing standard of six months for permanent residence applications filed through the Express Entry system.


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