In the latest Express Entry draw held on May 13, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued Invitations to Apply(ITAs) for permanent residence in Canada to 529 candidates who have provincial nomination. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for the candidates invited in the draw was 718. The result of the draw was published on May 14.
The candidates who have a provincial nomination have 600 additional CRS score points added to their total CRS score. It means candidates who have a basic CRS score of at least 118 have received invitations in the latest Express Entry draw.
A tie-break rule was applied in the May 14 Express Entry draw too, the time stamp given being March 19, 2020 at 12:53:21 UTC. It means the draw prioritized candidates who had submitted their Express Entry profiles before the said date and time and had a minimum CRS score of 718.
Ever since travel restrictions were imposed by Canada in the wake of COVID-19 crisis, the Express Entry draws have been following a specific pattern, targeting provincial nominees and Canada Experience Class (CEC) candidates alternately. This is mainly because the candidates under both these categories would most probably be there in Canada and so, cross-border travels can be avoided. The previous draw held on May 1st exclusively targeted CEC candidates and the CRS requirement was 452, which is the lowest so far this year.
With the latest Express Entry draw, the total number Express Entry ITAs issued by IRCC has become 34,829. Despite the COVID-19 crisis, Canada has issued more number of ITAs in 2020, compared to the same time period in the past two years. In 2019, the number of ITAs issued through Express Entry by this time was only 31250. It seems Canada remains committed to meet its Express Entry immigration target of 85,800 ITAs in 2020.
Express Entry draws held so far in 2020
|Draw Number||Date||Number of ITAs issued||Minimum CRS score|
|147||May 13||529||718(PNP-specific draw)|
|146||May 1||3311||452(CEC-specific draw)|
|145||April 29||589||692(PNP-specific draw)|
|144||April 16||3782||455 (CEC-specific draw)|
|143||April 15||118||808(PNP-specific draw)|
|142||April 9||3,294||464(CEC-specific draw)|
|141||April 9||606||698(PNP-specific draw)|
|140||March 23||3232||467 (CEC-specific draw)|
|139||March 18||668||720(PNP-specific draw)|
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