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Canada invites 4,500 for PR in November 5 Express Entry draw

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a total of 4,500 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence in the latest Express Entry draw held November 5, 2020. The draw ties Canada’s all-time biggest Express Entry draw ever. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) for the November 5 Express Entry draw was 478 points, seven points higher than the previous all-program draw. The 4,500 ITAs equaled the largest Express Entry ITAs of all time for a second consecutive draw.

The November 5 Express Entry draw is the first draw since Canada announced a new plan to increase immigration to more than 400,000 newcomers a year from 2021 and up to 1.2 million by 2023. Ottawa believes immigration can spur Canada’s economic recovery after the coronavirus crisis.

French-speaking candidates are eligible for more CRS points in this draw due to a recent IRCC policy under which French-speaking candidates now get 25 additional points for their language skills, up from 15, and bilingual candidates now get 50 points, up from 30. See Canada Express Entry System to give extra points to French-speaking candidates.

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The November 5 Express Entry draw brings the total number of ITAs issued this year to 87,350. 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. This and the high volumes of invitations being issued indicate that despite the ongoing pandemic, Canada’s government will hit its immigration targets for 2020.

The Express Entry immigration selection system

In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile. You must 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. 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.

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Canada’s Express Entry immigration system is competitive. Only a limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in 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.


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

Your invitation to apply

After 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 the highest CRS scores get issued ITAs first. So once your CRS score meets the minimum cut-off point for a particular draw you will be issued an ITA.

Improve your CRS score

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.


See Tips for Improving Express Entry CRS Scores

Top questions about Express Entry profiles

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