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The Canadian Government in its latest draw held in November has invited 4,500 fresh express entry candidates to apply for permanent residency. This was contained in the Canadian immigration newsletter recently released.

This round of draw is the third instance where Canada issued 4,500 invitations at a time, the largest number of invitations issued in a single draw.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CSR) score for this draw was 478, seven points higher than 471 points, recorded in the last draw held in October.

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According to the report, the highest-scoring candidates received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in the Express Entry invitation round. In this round, Canada invited the top 4,500 candidates to apply for permanent residence.

In case of a tie between candidates, IRCC applied the tie-breaking rule. So, for this draw, candidates who had a CRS score of 478 or more, needed to have submitted their Express Entry profile before October 26, 2020 at 22:44:19 UTC in order to receive an invitation.

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Meanwhile, the new draw brings the total number of ITAs issued in 2020 to 87,350. This year is shaping up to be a new record-breaking year for Express Entry, as the number of ITAs issued to date is the highest it has ever been.

How it works

Express Entry is the application system that manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three main economic immigration classes — the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

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A set number of the highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws (usually bi-weekly) from the pool. These invitation rounds typically involve candidates from all three Express Entry-managed categories.

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Candidates are ranked based on a score awarded under the CRS, which considers factors such as age, education, skilled work experience, and proficiency in English or French.

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What you need to know

  • In a recent report, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that French-speaking candidates now get additional points for their language skills, up from an initial 15 points while bilingual candidates will now get 50 points compared to an initial 30 points.
  • These regular draws and invitations show the Commitment of the Canadian Government to receive more immigrants as Canada announced in October its multi-year immigration levels plan. In the report, Canada promised to welcome over 400,000 permanent residents every year until 2023.
  • It also stated that more than 100,000 of these new immigrants will come in through Express Entry-managed programs in the Federal High Skilled category.
  • Canada recorded a slower unemployment rate in October from 9% recorded in September to 8.9% as fresh 84,000 jobs were added in the month. This is a great improvement as the country looks to recover from the COVID-19 induced restrictions that took away over 3 million jobs earlier in the year.

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