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.
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.
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.
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.
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 range
Number 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.