Canada’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) threshold score dropped to 469 points for the first time in an all-program draw for Canadian immigration this year in the latest round of the Express Entry invitation draw.
In the draw held on November 25, applicants for business and skilled migration to Canada needed a score of 469 points on the country’s CRS on their application in order to obtain an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent Canadian immigration from the country’s government.
A total of 5,000 invitations were issued to Express Entry applicants, which makes this round of the draw the biggest ever in terms of the number of ITAs granted to candidates in a single round.
Express Entry is Canada’s immigration application management system, which encloses three federal economic-class programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Immigration applicants under these programs – as well as some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) – are given a score on their applications, with points being awarded on various factors including age, education, work experience and proficiency in the English or French languages.
Candidates with the highest scores on their applications are then invited to apply for Canadian immigration with permanent residency by the Canadian government.
More than 97,000 applicants have already been issued ITAs in 2020, making this year on track to be a record-breaking year for the number of ITAs issued to Express Entry candidates in a single year.