Canada’s new Express Entry draw ties for the all-time biggest draw ever.
A total of 4,500 invitations went to Express Entry candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement of 471.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been holding draws of 4,200 every two weeks since September 2. The immigration department has not had a draw of this size since February.
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 today’s draw, Canada invited the top 4,500 candidates to apply for permanent residence.
The new draw brings the total number of ITAs issued in 2020 to 82,850.