Express Entry Draw | Total 5,000 New Candidates Invited

Express Entry Draw | Total 5,000 New Candidates Invited

Michael Zimmer Published:
November 23, 2020

The Government of Canada has issued 5,000 invitations to Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the recent draw that was held on November 18, 2020. This was the largest Express Entry draw (in terms of volume of invitations issued) held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in the current year.

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 472 was enough to secure an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this draw. The 5,000 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 in 2021 and beyond. Read our news article that was published on 11 November, covering Canada’s Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino press meet, and subsequent statement. Minister Marco Mendicino said in the press meet that Canada is planning to welcome over 1.2 million new immigrants from 2020 (the current year) to 2023.

This latest Express Entry draw amid COVID-19 pandemic marks a major milestone in Canada’s effort to fill the deepening economic labour shortage. Express Entry is an electronic selection system used by the federal government of Canada to manage Canadian permanent residence applications for Canada’s three main economic-class migration 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 a provincial nomination. However, from the month of 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 have an express entry score that is 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 below graph for ITAs issued in 2020).



This draw brings the total number of ITAs issued this year to 92,350, a new record for this date.

The time between draws is an important factor that 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 their CRS scores.



Tie-break rule applied in this draw saw the date and time used as of October 27, 2020, at 06:18:11 UTC. It means that, all candidates with a CRS score of 472 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 Canadian job offer. The Government of Canada has a processing standard of six months for permanent residence applications filed through the Express Entry system.


Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn more about ways to finding a new job in Canada, making your initial days in Canada stress-free and confident, etc.


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