Canada | PR Visa | Express Entry | Overview of Express Entry-2020

Canada concluded the year 2020 by issuing 1, 07,350 invitations to apply (ITAs). This is the best year in the history of Express Entry since its inception in January 2015.

In 2020, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Immigration Department of Canada held 37 invitation rounds. This is 11 more than last year since the IRCC conducted draws in the early weeks of the pandemic that only targeted candidates from the CEC and PNP. In an attempt to prioritize applicants for Express Entry who were already in Canada, this was accomplished.

Express Entry is an application management system to handle the pool of applicants for the three high skilled economic class programs. The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), as well as some of its Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).

The smallest and the biggest draws of the year

The smallest draw of the year held on April 15. It was a PNP-Only draw, where the IRCC has issued only 118 invitations. This draw happened after Canada’s travel restrictions came into effect.

The all-time biggest draws held four times in a row, issuing invitations to 5000 candidates in each draw. The last four draws of the year i.e. draws held on November 18, November 25, December 09 and December 23 draws rendered 5000 invitations.

The IRCC has conducted only ne Federal Skilled Trades specific draw on August 6, 2020.  A total of 250 candidates received invitations in that draw.

IRCC held a new pattern of draws after Canada’s travel restrictions first came into effect. It used to hold PNP-only draw and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) draws on alternate days.

The lowest cut-off scores program wise

ProgramThe Lowest
cut-off score
Draw date
General468December 23,2020
FSTP415August 6,2020
CEC431June 25, 2020
PNP –Only687July 22,2020

Canada will have to approve approximately 8,946 Express Entry candidates each month to meet the targets for next year. That’s around 4,473 candidates for two draws each month.

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