September’20 The Second Largest Express Entry Draw Ever For CANADA_Know All Details

On February 19th, 2020, the largest express entry draw took place with a total of 4,500 ITAs being issued with a minimum CRS score of 470 points. Following it, Canada has now conducted the second-largest Express Entry draw having issued invitations for application to 4,200 candidates on 2 September, 2020 . This draw requiring a CRS score of 475 points is one point lower than the previous all-program draw.

But wait, what is an express entry?

Express entries are a system of immigration that was implemented on January 1st, 2015 by the Canadian immigration authorities, named the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or IRCC. IRCC manages all skill worker applications including Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canada Experience Class and part of the Provincial Nomination Programs, under Federal Economic Programs.

Therefore, conducting such a draw during the pandemic of 2020 is a clear implication of a statement of intent by the IRCC of increasing immigration levels continuing into 2021. The four draws in 2020 have largely focussed on either the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates, which provides candidates under the two categories a greater chance.

 The hopes of 2020 – Canada has issued a total of 69,950 ITAs in 2020, having conducted 20 program specific draws since March 18th with 39,000 ITAs issued. 10 of these were targeting PNP candidates with 4,785 ITAs while other 10 targeting CEC candidates with 34,215 ITAs.

The numbers may seem shockingly high and hopeful for some people, but not so much after comparing it to its previous years. Record breaking annual Express Entry ITAs were recorded in the year of 2018 with 89,800, subsequently followed by 85,300 in 2019.

Stakeholders now expect an approximate of 30 draws and another year of more that 80,000+ invitations. It is believed that the majority of draws would feature CRS scores of 470, thereby ensuring targeted annual immigration levels for 2020 are met with.


What next?

The above figures of the CRS scores in 2020 imply that an impressive number of applicants will receive permanent admission to Canada without job offers or nominations under provincial immigration. Yet any sane person understands the importance of a job – one simply needs a constant inflow of income to survive.

For applicants, it is highly recommended to search through the internet and networking sites to seek job opportunities. There are ample of these available online.

Similarly, employers can conveniently find and recruit foreign workers through these networking sites. It is highly encourages that employers secure an LMIA or nomination under provincial nomination programs to ensure long term retention of their employees.