Canada has conducted a second-consecutive all-program Express Entry draw issuing Invitations to Apply to 4,200 candidates.
The September 16 draw required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 472 points, three points lower than the previous all-program draw.
This draw, and the previous draw on September 2, are jointly the second-largest Express Entry draws of all time.
The largest Express Entry draw took place on February 19, 2020, when 4,500 ITAs were issued with a minimum CRS score of 470 points.
Conducting a second major draw represents a statement of intent by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), that its policy of increasing immigration levels will continue into 2021, despite the COVID-19 crisis.
Since coronavirus restrictions were imposed in March, all but five Express Entry draws have focused on either Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates.
Candidates in the two categories are more likely to already be in Canada than those coming through other Express Entry-linked programs, meaning they are less likely be affected by pandemic-related travel restrictions.
Since March 18, Canada has conducted 20 program-specific draws, 10 targeting PNP candidates and 10 targeting CEC candidates. Those draws have seen 39,000 ITAs issued, including 4,785 to PNP candidates and 34,215 to CEC candidates.
Canada has now issued 74,150 ITAs so far in 2020, after issuing a total of 85,300 in 2019. IRCC broke the record for annual Express Entry ITAs in 2018 with 89,800.
Canada’s high-skilled immigration admission target for 2020 is 85,800, up from 81,400 in 2019. However, it is likely that permanent resident admissions will be affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
The latest draw saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on March 9, 2020 at 9.03am EST. If more than one candidate had the minimum CRS score, only those who submitted their Express Entry profiles before this date and time received invitations.
This was the 30th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2020 and 163rd overall.
What is Express Entry?
Express Entry is an immigration system implemented by Canadian immigration authorities (IRCC) on January 1, 2015 which manages skilled worker applications under Federal Economic programs.
Stakeholders expect to see near 30 draws and more than 80,000 invitations issued in 2020, with a majority of draws featuring CRS scores around 470 to enable Canadian immigration authorities to meet targeted annual immigration levels for 2020.
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