canada largest express entry draw 2020

Canada has now issued 92,350 ITAs this year, surpassing targets.

Canada has held its largest Express Entry draw ever on November 18, 2020.

A total of 5,000 invitations were issued in this draw, bringing immigration candidates one step closer to Canadian permanent residence.

Candidates needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 472 in order to receive an invitation this round.

Express Entry is Canada’s immigration application management system for three federal economic-class programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates in these programs, as well as some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are given a score based on the CRS. Points are awarded depending on a candidates human capital factors such as age, education, work experience, and language ability in English or French.

The highest-scoring candidates receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in an Express Entry invitation round.

In case of a tie between candidates, IRCC applies the tie-breaking rule. So, for this draw, candidates who had a CRS score of 472 or more, needed to have submitted their Express Entry profile before October 27 at 06:18:11 UTC in order to receive an invitation.

This year, the CRS requirement has typically hovered above 470 for all program draws. The Federal Skilled Trades Program-only draw on August 6 invited trades workers with a CRS of 415, and previous Canadian Experience Class-only draws dipped into the 440s.

PNP-only draws have higher requirements because Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are automatically awarded an additional 600 CRS points. PNPs offer alternative pathways to permanent residence for Express Entry candidates who have a lower CRS score.

The new draw brings the total number of ITAs issued in 2020 to 92,350. This year is shaping up to be a new record-breaking year for Express Entry, as the number of ITAs issued to date is the highest it has ever been.

A large number of ITAs is in line with Canada’s commitment to welcome over 400,000 new immigrants in 2021, most of them coming through the Express Entry system.