The federal Express Entry system has been the prime driver of economic immigration in Canada. The exuberant rise of immigration levels in the country has had a positive effect on its economy as well as the population.

The fortnightly nomination draws conducted under the federal Express Entry system by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have performed excellently well in the first month of the start of this new decade.

Canada has set its priority in the right direction as it is expected to welcome nearly 85800 foreign skilled workers in the year 2020, while the target for the year 2021 is 88800 foreign skilled workers. Typical traits coming out from the January 2020 Federal Express Entry draws are:   

Increase in Draw Size

In the first & second federal Express Entry draws of the year 2020, IRCC invited 3400 candidates in each draws. These candidates were to apply for permanent residence in Canada. An encouraging trend is an increase in draw size by 200 more Invitations To Apply (ITAs) in these draws as compared to the draws held in the third quarter of 2019.

Decrease in Minimum CRS score

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score for the latest draw was 471, which is two points less compared to the previous draw. Although the overall required CRS score looks high, the decrease in minimum CRS score indicates increased targets under Express Entry.

Canada immigration experts predict that in the future, candidates with CRS score as low as 450 points may get ITAs for permanent residence in Canada. In 2019, the lowest CRS cut-off score in any all-program Express Entry draw was 438. Keep your hopes high!

Canada Express Entry draws held in 2020 so far


Draw Number Date Number of ITAs issued Minimum CRS score
135 January 22 3400 471
134 January 8 3400 473

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How to apply under Express Entry?

The federal Express Entry system was first introduced by the Liberal Party in the year 2015. Although the system has undergone several changes since then, it continues to manage the applications for the three federal economic immigration programs– the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.

Any interested applicant willing to work & settle in Canada permanently must begin with creating an Express Entry profile on the IRCC web portal. Your Express Entry profile involves scoring as well a ranking against other profiles based on core human capital factors.

The profile ranking system is known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and the scoring is out of 1200 points. It is based on factors like Age, Education, Work experience, Language proficiency in English or French and other auxiliary factors like a job offer, spouse skills, etc.  

From then on, fortnightly draws are conducted by IRCC and the highest-scoring candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada. However, not all highest-scoring candidates become eligible for ITA as the Tie-breaker rule is applied, thereby prioritizing candidates who had submitted their Express Entry profiles before the said date and time.

Another quick alternative to improve your CRS score is applying through the Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Every Canada PNP has at least one stream/category linked to the federal Express Entry. The Express Entry candidates who receive provincial nomination will have 600 additional CRS score points added to their total CRS score, which effectively guarantees them an ITA for permanent residence in Canada.

Applying for permanent residence in Canada can get confusing and complex at times when applied on your own. Stay in touch with your Canada Immigration Consultant and stay ahead in the race of migrating to Canada.


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