Express Entry Draw: Invites 4,200 immigration candidates

Express Entry Draw 164 | 4,200 invitations to Apply issued | September 30, 2020 at 12:37:25 UTC

Express Entry Draw #164 was held on September 30, 2020 at 12:37:25 UTC. The previous Express Entry draw was held on September 16, 2020. As no program was specified for the latest draw, “candidates from all Express Entry programs were eligible for this round of invitations”.

2020 Total ITAs issued

Draw 164 brings the total number of ITAs issued so far of this year to 78,350 in federal skilled worker.

The high number of ITAs issued in the latest draw proves that Canada remains committed to maintaining high level of immigration in 2020.

Date and time of round September 30, 2020 at 12:37:25 UTC
Immigration Program Federal Express Entry
CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited 471
Number of invitations issued 4200

This immigration draw was counted as the 164th Express Entry draw. This draw was also the 31st draw of the year 2020, and the 5th all-program draw after the lockdown imposed due to COVID-19.

In this draw, the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates were among the successful ones. It is the third time that the FSWP candidates are successful in the Express Entry draws for the getting the Canadian Immigration.

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score:

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for this draw was 471. The drop of point 1 was seen as compared to the previous all-program draws, the previous draw was held on September 16th, 2020.

Express entry drawThese 4,200 invitations to Apply (ITAs) give a strong hint that Canada is one the track of commitment, and the country will project the high levels of immigration plans in the coming years.

Express Entry:

The Express Entry system of Canada is responsible for managing the three primary immigration streams of Canada. The three streams which the Express Entry manages are also referred to as the economic immigration streams. The immigration programs under the Express Entry are:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSW)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class (FST)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

In the federal Express Entry system, the eligible candidates for the immigration streams, and also for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are allotted points that are based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) assesses the applicants on multiple factors. The valuation factors are age, education, skilled work experience, language proficiency in French or English. The candidates who get the highest scores, receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence. In 2020, Canada has issued over 78,350 ITAs so far, but, if we compare it to the year 2017, ITAs sent at that year were around 69,420.  This graph illustrates the Immigration levels plan and actual ITAs.

The tie-breaking rule was also implemented in this draw. The date used was of March 2, 2020, and time 12:37:25 UTC. This suggests that the candidates who have a CRS score of 471, and above, who submitted their profiles before the above-mentioned date and time, they received an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The Express Entry draws usually involve the candidates from all the three immigration programs, but due to lockdown and travel sanctions, the changes in the policies were observed.


Express Entry draws held so far in 2020

Draw Number Date Number of ITAs issued Minimum CRS score
164 September 30 4200 471
163 September 16 4200 472
162 September 2 4200 475
161 August 20 3300 454(CEC-specific draw)
160 August 19 600 771(PNP-specific draw)
159 August 6 250 415(FSTP-specific draw)
158 August 5 3900 476
157 July 24 3343 445(CEC-specific draw)
156 July 22 557 687(PNP-specific draw)
155 July 8 3900 478
154 June 25 3508 431(CEC-specific draw)
153 June 24 392 696(PNP-specific draw)
152 June 11 3551 437(CEC-specific draw)
151 June 10 341 743(PNP-specific draw)
150 May 28 3515 440(CEC-specific draw)
149 May 27 385 757(PNP-specific draw)
148 May 15 3371 447(CEC-specific draw)
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)
138 March 4 3900 471
137 February 19 4500 470
136 February 5 3500 472
135 January 22 3400 471
134 January 8 3400 473

Canada Express Entry offers simple and fast-track pathway for international skilled workers to migrate to the country.

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