Typically, IRCC holds Express Entry draws every fortnight, but this draw was delayed so as to form the update on all of the affected profiles within the Express Entry pool because of the change in points system for french speaking candidates. A total of 4,500 invitations went to Express Entry candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement of 478.
In this year CIC mostly applied tie breaking rule and same 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 so as to receive a invitation to apply(ITA) .
This is the third instance where Canada issued 4,500 invitations at a time, the most important number of invitations issued in one draw.
At the top of October, Canada announced its multi-year immigration levels plan, promising to welcome over 400,000 new permanent residents per annum until 2023. More than 100,000 of those new immigrants will are available through Express Entry-managed programs within the Federal High Skilled category.
This year, the CRS requirement has typically hovered above 470 for all program draws. The Federal Skilled Trades Program-only draw on Transfiguration invited trades workers with a CRS of 415, and former Canadian Experience Class-only draws dipped into the 440s. PNP-only draws have higher requirements because Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are automatically awarded a further 600 CRS points. PNPs offer alternative pathways to permanent residence for Express Entry candidates who have a lower CRS score.
The new draw brings the entire number of ITAs issued in 2020 to 87,350. This year is shaping up to be a replacement record-breaking year for Express Entry, because the number of ITAs issued so far is that the highest it’s ever been.