Alexandra Miekus - 26 November, 2020
Canada invited 5,000 federal Express Entry system candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the second invitation round in two weeks.
The two most recent draws were among the largest since the launch of the Express Entry system.
The increase in the number of invitations is in line with Canada's plan to admit a record number of new permanent residents from 2021 to 2023, with unprecedented targets for federal economic immigration programs managed through Express Entry.
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Last month, Canada announced its plans to welcome over 400,000 new permanent residents every year between 2021 and 2023. At least 100,000 of these will come through the Express Entry system.
This draw brings the total number of invitations issued so far this year to 97,350. It also means that this year Canada is on track to end the year with over 100,000 invitations issued.
The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in the November 25 draw was 469, making it the first time that the CRS has fallen below the 470 mark this year.
The previous all-program draw held November 18 had a CRS requirement of 472.
IRCC applied a tie-breaking rule for this draw and only those candidates with a score of 469 who submitted their Express Entry profile on or before October 15, 2020, at 08:50:10 UTC were invited to apply in this round.
Candidates are awarded a score under the CRS based on factors like age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.
A set number of the highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.