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New Express Entry draw issues 3,200 invitations

New Express Entry draw issues 3,200 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence

The new Express Entry draw on December 11 saw 3,200 candidates invited by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to apply for Canadian permanent resident.

IRCC has now issued 82,100 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in 2019. This is 7,700 ITAs short of the 89,800 that were issued in 2018, which stands as the most ITAs issued in a single year through the Express Entry system.


The 3,200 ITAs were issued to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 472 or higher, a one-point increase from the previous November 27 draw, which had a cut-off score of 471.

The Express Entry system allows Canada to actively recruit, assess and select skilled immigrants under the three Federal High Skilled economic-class immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

November 27 express entry draw

In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three programs. The first step is to create an Express Entry profile. A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool.

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.

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

Candidates with scores below the latest 471 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 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.

December 11 Express Entry Rounds of invitations results

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – December 11, 2019

See full text of Ministerial Instruction

Number of invitations issued: 3,200

Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,200th or above

Date and time of round:   December 11, 2019 at 13:26:03 UTC

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 472

Tie-breaking rule:  December 6, 2019 at 03:03:49 UTC

  • 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.

See previous Express Entry rounds

CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of December 11, 2019

CRS score rangeNumber 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.

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