The December 23 Express Entry draw marks a pinnacle in the history of the program as a total of 107,350 candidates were invited for Canadian permanent residence in 2020. In the closing draw held December 23, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a total of 5,000 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence.
December 23 Express Entry draw
The draw marks the fourth consecutive time that IRCC has invited 5,000 candidates – largest single draw invitations ever issued; the same number were invited in draws held on November 18, November 25 draw and December 9.
The December 23 Express Entry draw featured a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 468, the lowest minimum score of 2020 for an all-program draw.
The draw brings the total of ITAs for 2020 to 107,350, an unprecedented number of new invitations that is quite remarkable considering the significant disruptions suffered by Canada immigration in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The previous record for ITAs in a calendar year was the 89,800 issued in 2018.
The draw is also the fourth after 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. Canada believes that immigration will spur economic recovery after the coronavirus crisis. The high number of ITAs in the last four consecutive draws signal that the government is committed to its new 3-year immigration targets.
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.
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 potentially 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.
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