Record Breaking Performance by Express Entry in 2020

Record breaking Canada

The year 2020 proved to be the biggest year in the history of Express entry despite the crisis of pandemic in Canada. In 2020 Canada issued 107,350 invitations for the express entry program. Since 2015 when express entry was introduced, this year has been with the highest number of applicants invited. The express entry program further includes, Provincial Nominee Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Federal Skilled Worker Program.

The biggest and smallest Express Entry draws have broken the records in the year of 2020. The smallest draw was of PNP with only 118 invitations on April 15. The candidates who have applied for the Permanent residency after ITA are given decisions within six months. All those candidates who have gotten their ITAs at the end of 2020 will most probably become a permanent resident in 2021.

Since the Express entry candidates were a priority, this year there were 36 invitation rounds targeting PNP and CEC candidates.

The draw sizes in 2020 also increased significantly, the largest draw was on February 19 with 4,500 invitations. In July and august there was one all program draw from where the ITAs per draw went up to 5,000 which is a record breaking number. In 2020 there was only one Federal Skilled Trades draw from which 250 skilled workers were invited in August.

The CRS score depends upon the top scoring candidates, how many Canada decides to invite, the most important factor is the date and time at which the candidate has entered the pool. The program usually doesn’t matter, IRCC invites the top scorers. The CEC draws have the lowest score requirements where as the PNP program has the highest scoring requirements. In 2020, the lowest score for CRS cutoff was 415. On December 23, the CRS requirement for the all program draw fell to 468 which have been the lowest since October last year.

Looking upon the results of 2020, Canada has decided to approve around 8946 Express Entry candidates per month, further dividing two draws per month with 4473 candidates for the Express entry. In order to compensate for the candidates who no longer want to come to Canada or have not been approved. Canada will have to Invite 4,500  candidates per draw in 2021.