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Canada invites 3900 for PR in latest Express Entry draws

Canada invites 3900 for PR in two latest Express Entry draws

In two Express Entry draws held March 18 and 23 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited a total of 3,900 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The Express Entry draw held March 18 only included candidates that had provincial nominations and issued 668 Invitations to Apply (ITAs). The March 23 draw issued 3232 ITAS to Canadian Experience Class program candidates with Comprehensive Ranking Scores (CRS) as low as 467.

The Canadian Experience Class is open to foreign nationals with at least one year of work experience in Canada, among other criteria. The Canadian Experience Class is one of three Federal High Skilled immigration programs managed by the Express Entry system. The other two are the Federal Skilled Worker Class and the Federal Skilled Trades Class. The Express Entry system allows Canada to actively recruit, assess and select skilled immigrants under the three Federal High Skilled economic-class immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

IRCC has now issued a total of 22,600 ITAs in 2020 through the federal Express Entry system. The IRCC has set higher Express Entry admissions targets for the years 2020 and 2021, with new permanent resident admissions through the three federal high-skilled programs slated to rise to 85,800 this year and 88,800 in 2021.

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The Express Entry immigration selection system

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In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class. The first step is to create an Express Entry profile. A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool.

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A certain number of the highest-ranked candidates who have submitted their profiles into the pool are issued ITAs for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws which typically take place every two weeks. A candidate’s CRS score is based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

Find out if you are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool.

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Candidates with scores below the latest 467 cut-off can improve their CRS scoring in a number of ways, particularly if they enroll in any of the provincial nomination programs that have Express Entry component. Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 CRS points. If their provincial nomination is approved, the invited candidates will be issued an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. The additional points place them in a favorable position to receive a federal Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in a future IRCC) draws.


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March 23, 2020 Express Entry Rounds of invitations results

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – February 19, 2020
See full text of Ministerial Instruction
Number of invitations issued: 3,232

Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,232nd or above

Date and time of round:   March 23, 2020 at 16:12:27 UTC

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 467


Tie-breaking rule:  November 25, 2019 at 14:00:35 UTC (This means that all candidates with a score of 471 who submitted their profile before this date and time received an ITA.)

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.

CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of March 13, 2020

CRS score rangeNumber of candidates

The numbers in this table reflect the total number of people in the pool overall, a few days before an invitation round. The score distribution may change as people submit new profiles and other profiles expire.

The unbolded table numbers are a detailed breakdown of the bold number immediately above.


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