IRCC is continuing to hold regularly scheduled Express Entry rounds of invitations after putting special measures in place to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We except that despite the ongoing pandemic, Canada’s government will hit its immigration targets for 2020. The 4,200 invitations to apply for permanent residence is the most issued in an Express Entry round this year since 4,500 were issued prior to the coronavirus pandemic during the February 19, 2020 invitation round. The draw was the 29th draw of 2020, bringing the total number of ITAs issued this year to 69,950.
IRCC 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan
IRCC has now issued a total of 69,950 invitations in 2020 through the federal Express Entry system. 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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IRCC admitted a total of 341,000 newcomers in 2019. It is targeting the admissions of 341,000 immigrants in 2020, an additional 351,000 in 2021, and another 361,000 in 2022.
In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile. A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool although additional CRS points are awarded to those who already have a job.
A certain number of the highest-ranked candidates who have submitted their profiles into the pool are issued Invitations to Apply (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.
Based on your personal information you will be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200, determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your age, work experience, educational background, ability to adapt and language skills (see we told you your IELTS and TEF scores are important!).
Once your profile has been completed and your CRS has been calculated, you will be placed into a pool of candidates ranked by their CRS score. The Canadian federal government and the provincial and territorial governments regularly draws candidates from this pool to issue ITAs based on particular needs and shortages in the country or provinces.
Thus once you have created your profile under the federal Express Entry system, you may receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence through the federal government, or you may receive an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination. Under the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), Canada’s provincial and territorial governments are able to nominate individuals to reside in the province/territory as permanent residents in order to meet their economic needs.
Candidates with scores below the latest 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.
Betty is a lab technician with a bachelor’s degree and has high English language proficiency. She has been working in her field in the Philippines for almost 5 years now. She applied through the Federal Skilled Worker Program which was part of the September 2 draw. Her CRS score of 479 ensured that she was issued an ITA in the latest draw.
Daji has been working in Alberta as an accountant for almost two years. His CRS score in the federal Express Entry pool was 435 – not enough to receive an ITA based on the September 2 draw cut-off mark of 475. However, Deji was issued a nomination from Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP). As a result, Deji’s CRS score increased by 600 points to 1035 and he received federal invitation to apply for permanent residence in the September 2 federal Express Entry draw.
Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – September 2, 2020
CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of August 31, 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.