It was Canada’s 163rd Express Entry draw that was held on September 16, 2020. 4,200 ITAs were issued in this draw to apply for Canadian PR.
A minimum CRS score of 472 was required of the candidates invited in this draw. Compared to the previous all-program draw, this CRS requirement was 3 points lesser.
This draw was an all-program draw, the second one in 2 weeks. The number of invites sent equaled that of the Express Entry draw held on September 2, 2020. The number of invites sent to immigrants willing to live and work in Canada in these draws indicates Canada’s undeterred efforts to achieve its aim to invite large numbers of immigrants in and beyond 2021.
There are 3 economic immigration classes for which the candidate applications are managed by the Express Entry system. They are FSWP, CEC, and FSTP. The profiles of these candidates are ranked by the system and the highest-ranking candidates in the Express Entry pool are issued ITAs. These ITAs can be used in regular rounds of invitation.
The total number of ITAs issued in 2020 as yet comes to 74,150 with the September 16 draw.
In this draw, IRCC used the tie-break rule based on the timestamp March 9, 2020, at 13:03:40 UTC. The tie-break rule helps to rank and choose candidates based on that rank when more than one candidate has the same CRS score.
So, candidates who had CRS scores above 472 received an ITA in this round of invitations. ITAs were also received by those candidates who got 472 as the CRS score and had submitted their profile in the Express Entry pool prior to the afore-mentioned timestamp. They both received ITAs in this draw.
PR applications submitted via the Express Entry system has a processing standard of 6 months.
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ITA – Invitation to Apply
PR – Permanent Residence / Permanent Resident
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program
FSTP – Federal Skilled Trades Program
CEC – Canadian Experience Class
IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada