Canada is on track to inviting more than 100,000 immigration applicants to apply for permanent migration to the country in 2020.
A total of 5,000 invitations to apply (ITAs) were issued to Express Entry candidates in the latest round of the immigration draw held on November 25, making this round the biggest ever for the most ITAs given out in a single draw.
After this round of the draw, a total of 97,350 ITAs have been granted to Express Entry applicants so far this year, which is the highest number of ITAs issued to permanent Canadian immigration candidates in a single year, making 2020 a record-breaking year already.
This is in line with Canada’s commitment to inviting 1.2 million immigrants over the next three years, with more than 400,000 immigrants to be invited to apply for Canadian immigration with permanent residence every year through to 2023.
The Express Entry pool manages immigration applications for three of Canada’s federal economic-class programs – Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
The latest round of the draw saw the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) threshold score drop below 470 points for the first time in an all-program draw this year, with candidates needing 469 points on their CRS to successfully obtain an ITA for Canadian immigration with permanent residency in the country.
Earlier this year, the FSTP-only draw saw candidates with a score of 415 points on Canada’s CRS issued ITAs for permanent Canadian migration, while CEC applicants needed a score of 440 points to obtain an ITA for permanent residency in the country.