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Express Entry Draw Trend in 2020

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The unexpected Express Entry rounds in 2020 continue to surprise the Canadian PR applicants in 2020. Being one of the most popular immigration pathways to apply for Canada Permanent Residency, Express Entry manages to fetch everyone’s attention with every passing draw.

This year as well, the IRCC (Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada) has kept the draw results optimistic to ensure that more and more applicants obtain their ITAs (Invitations to Apply) and the country can meet its target set by Canada immigration level plan 2020-2022.

The last two draws surprised all the applicants as both were opened in a week’s time. The IRCC issued a humongous number of Invitations, i.e. total of 3900 ITAs in the last two consecutive Express Entry draws held on 18th March and 23rd March, respectively.

Usually, IRCC announces draws every fortnightly to EE applicants with top CRS scores to apply for a Canadian PR visa.

The IRCC also announces a minimum CRS score requirement for each draw and candidates profiles that are able to meet the qualifying scores get an ITA. However, as mentioned, the last two draws were launched within a week.

With the last two draws, the total number of ITAs issued to Express Entry candidates so far in 2020 has reached up to 22,600.

Details of Latest Express Entry Draws held so far in 2020

#Draw Date No. of ITAs Issued Minimum CRS Score Requirement
#134 08- January-2020 3,400 473
#135 22-January-2020 3,400 471
#136 05-February-2020 3,500 472
#137 19-February-2020 4,500 470
#138 04-March-2020 3,900 471
#139 18-March-2020 668 720
#140 23-March-2020 3,232 (Exclusively for Canadian Experience Class candidates) 467

Apart from the latest draws, prevalent COVID-19 outbreak is a key concern for aspiring immigrants who wish to apply or have already applied for Canada PR. People are coming up with a lot of questions about how COVID-19 may impact the Express Entry.

Here are a few questions that are frequently asked by applicants:

Will Canada issue Express Entry invitations despite the outbreak of COVID-19?

If we go by the latest draws held on March 18 and 23, it is clear that Canada is still issuing invitations to EE candidates.

Is Canada still processing the applications of EE candidates during COVID-19?

Yes. Canada is still processing PR visa applications under Express Entry and PNP, but applicants may expect a short span of delays.

I have received my ITA, but I am unable to gather documents I require because everything is closed due to COVID-19. What should I do in this case?

In this case, you don’t need to worry as the federal government has announced a few exemptions and IRCC will not refuse any application due to incompleteness. In fact, the IRCC is providing an additional 30 days to complete and submit an application along with documents, i.e. now you have a total 90 days time.

Is there a chance of CRS score cut-off getting impacted due to the COVID-19 situation?

Amidst this public health crisis, the main concern of Canada is to provide factual information. There is no statement issued by the government regarding any possible impact of the COVID-19 on the CRS score cut-off.

The below table can better display the score distribution of EE candidates in past draws held in 2020:

Date Minimum CRS Score Requirement
08- January-2020 473
22-January-2020 471
05-February-2020 472
19-February-2020 470
04-March-2020 471
18-March-2020 720
23-March-2020 467

 It’s time to think about how to go with your application process to obtain PR approval in 2020

If you are willing to migrate to Canada in 2020, then you must be happy to know that the doors are always open for skilled and talented individuals. At Visas Avenue, we can help you find the right pathway to reach that door and become a permanent resident of Canada in a hassle-free manner.

You may connect with our team at Toll-Free No. 78-18-000-777 or can fill out our free assessment form to get a call back from our advisors to discuss the right immigration program.

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