Canada invited 5000 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residency in new Express Entry Draw

Express Entry Draw

EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW #170: December 23, 2020

Canada invited another 5000 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residency in a new Express Entry Draw held on December 23, 2020.

Candidates, who received an Invitation to apply (ITA) in this draw had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 468.

The minimum Express Entry cutoff score requirement for this draw is a reduction of one point than the previous invitation round held on December 9, when candidates needed a minimum score of 469.

With this draw, Canada caps off the year with 107,350 ITAs issued to immigration candidates – a record high number of invitations issued since Express Entry’s launch in 2015.

The Express Entry system is Canada’s primary source of skilled foreign workers. It manages the profiles of candidates under three Federal High Skilled economic class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

Eligible candidates enter the Express Entry pool, where they are issued a CRS score based on their age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French, among other factors.

A set number of highest-ranked candidates are then invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied the tie-breaking rule in this draw and the time-stamp used was June 4, 2020 at 13:39:44 UTC. This means the candidates who had a CRS score of 468 or more, who had submitted their Express Entry profile before this time and date, received an invitation in this draw.

Canada will target the highest level of immigration in its history over the coming three years. Over 100,000 of these immigrants will come each year through Canada’s popular Express Entry system with a further 80,000 approx. coming through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

As of December 21, 2020, there were a total of 147,487 immigration candidates in the Express Entry pool. Majority of these candidates (47,897) have CRS scores between 351- 400, whereas a total of 25,187candidates have CRS scores between 451-500.

Express Entry candidates with low CRS scores can increase their points through a variety of options, which include:

  • Obtain a provincial nomination by applying through an Express-Entry aligned PNP, which award them additional 600 points toward their CRS scores.
  • Improve their language proficiency level
  • Secure a LMIA-approved job offer
  • Complete an additional level of education
  • Get more work experience (in Canada & outside)
  • Get Canadian Study experience
  • Get additional points for spouse

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To find out if you’re eligible to immigrate to Canada under Express Entry, simply complete our FREE ASSESSMENT FORM! A member of the WWICS team will review your eligibility and contact you to discuss your options!

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