The latest federal Express Entry Draw #160 was held on August 19, 2020, at 12:41:09 UTC. With a ranking score of CRS 771 and above, 600 candidates with provincial nominations have received invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

CRS stands for Comprehensive Ranking System, a system of establishing the precedence of profiles in the Express Entry system based on a score allotted out of certain factors. The CRS score is out of a total of 1,200. Canada eligibility calculation, on the other hand, is out of 100 points.

As this was a PNP-specific draw, the CRS was on the higher side. A provincial nomination in itself gets the Express Entry candidate an additional 600 CRS points. Hence, without the nomination, the invited candidates would have had a CRS score of 171 made up of human capital factors.

The previous Express Entry draw was held on August 6, 2020.

The tie-breaking rule applied in the round was that of July 24, 2020 at 11:39:23 UTC. As per Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC], “If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.”

Canada’s Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for 3 of the main economic immigration programs – the Federal Skilled Worker Program [FSWP], the Federal Skilled Trades Program [FSTP], and the Canadian Experience Class [CEC] – of the Canadian government.

Provinces and territories part of the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] with Express Entry-aligned streams routinely goes through the pool of candidates. Following this, candidates found to possess the most potential for thriving in their respective province/territory are invited to apply for a provincial nomination.

In order to be considered by any province/territory for a nomination through the PNP, the candidate must have created their Expression of Interest [EOI] profile with the respective PNP.

Once a candidate is successful in securing a provincial nomination, they can apply to IRCC for Canada PR.

The latest Express Entry draw was the 27th to be held in 2020 so far. With this, a total of 62,450 ITAs have been issued in 2020. A record for this date.

ITA stands for Invitation to Apply. It is the highest-ranking candidates that are issued ITAs in the Express Entry draws that are held.

The Canadian government has standard processing of 6 months for Canada PR applications that are filed through the Express Entry system.

Total 27 Express Entry draws held in 2020 so far.

Sl. No.Draw No.Date of DrawMinimum CRSITAs issued
1#134January 8, 20204733,400
2#135January 22, 20204713,400
3#136February 5, 20204723,500
4#137February 19, 20204704,500
5#138March 4, 20204713,900
6#139 [PNP]March 18, 2020720   668
7#140 [CEC]March 23, 20204673,232
8#141 [PNP]April 9, 2020698   606
9#142 [CEC]April 9, 20204643,294
10#143 [PNP]April 15, 2020808    118
11#144 [CEC]April 16, 20204553,782
12#145 [PNP]April 29, 2020692   589
13#146 [CEC]May 1, 20204523,311
14#147 [PNP]May 13, 2020718   529
15#148 [CEC]May 15, 20204473,371
16#149 [PNP]May 27, 2020757   385
17#150 [CEC]May 28, 20204403,515
18#151 [PNP]June 10, 2020743   341
19#152 [CEC]June 11, 20204373,559
20#153 [PNP]June 24, 2020696   392
21#154 [CEC]June 25, 20204313,508
22#155July 8, 20204783,900
23#156 [PNP]July 22, 2020687   557
24#157 [CEC]July 23, 20204453,343
25#158August 5, 20204763,900
26#159 [FSTP]August 6, 2020415 250
27#160 [PNP]August 19, 2020771600
Total ITAs issued in 2020 so far – 62,450.