In the latest Express Entry draw held April 09 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited a total of 3,294 Canadian Experience Class candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The draw saw the lowest minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) requirement since October 2019 – at 464 points. Earlier the same day, IRCC also invited 606 Express Entry Provincial nominee program candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
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.
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IRCC has now issued a total of 26,500 invitations 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.
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.
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 464 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.
April 9, 2020 Express Entry Rounds of invitations results
Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – April 9, 2020
CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of April 05, 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 table numbers in italics are a detailed breakdown of the bold number immediately above.