Express Entry Draw

Canada Immigration department has now exceeded the mark of 100,000 ITAs for the year 2020. 

On the draw held on 9 December 2020, Canada has invited 5000 new immigrants for the application of permanent residency in the Express Entry draw.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score needed to get an invitation was 469.

With this draw, the total number of Invitations to Apply (ITA) issued reaches the mark of 102,350. This marks the highest number of ITAs issued till now.

As we all know that the Express Entry Program is an application management program majorly for three Federal economic-class programs namely:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program

  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program

  3. Canadian Experience Class

Applicants in these programs, as well as the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), have their profiles evaluated based on the CRS score. The factors involved in the whole evaluation process are given below:


Educational Qualification

Language Proficiency (French or English)

Working Experience

After the evaluation, the applicant with the highest CRS score then receives an ITA for the purpose of applying for a Permanent Residency (PR) Visa.

The ITAs issued have been the highest to date. Canada Immigration Department has also exceeded the ITAs target on the draw held on November 18. This draw now has taken the ITAs number to cross 100,000 in a single year which initially was never done before as well. 

This large number of ITAs is an indication that Canada is paving their way towards its commitment of having 400,000 immigrants for the year 2021 through the Express Entry Program.  

IRCC also incorporates a tie-breaker rule for selecting candidates with the same CRS score.  As in this draw, the CRS score was 469 or more. So for the CRS score of 469, the tie-breaker rule was that the candidates must have submitted their Express Entry profile before June 4 at 22:26:05 UTC, for the profile to get an invitation. 

This is the second time when the CRS score has seen a dip in a continuous manner. It has seen that for the year 2020, the CRS score has hovered around a score of 470 for almost all programs. The lowest CRS score was for the Federal Skilled Trades Program with a score of 415 whereas the Canadian Experience Class has a score of 440 only. 

PNP is a program that requires a  higher CRS score because of the 600 additional points added to the CRS score for getting a nomination from one of the provinces. PNPs offer an alternative pathway for candidates who are having a low CRS and want to move to Canada as well.

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