December 23rd was the last Express Entry draw in 2020 for immigration to Canada! Nearly 5,000 candidates were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) & the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cut-off threshold was 468 points. The tie-breaking rule for this draw was applied to profiles at 468 points submitted after June 4th, 2020, at 13:39:44 UTC.
It is the fourth consecutive draw to issue a record-high 5,000 invitations & the CRS score has dropped to 468 points. All candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Trades (FST) programs, including Provincial Nominees, were considered.
The end of year 2020 saw a record 20,000 invitations in just over one month. This shatters all previous records for Express Entry & the increase in ITAs is in tune with the Canadian government’s immigration targets for 2021. Canada aims to welcome more than 400,000 new permanent residents, in which nearly 110,250 may be admitted through Express Entry.
What a way to end the year!
The December 23rd draw is also likely to be the last draw of 2020. With the huge number of ITAs, The CRS score cut-off has fallen to the lowest point it’s reached so far this year – 468 points, with the exception of draws restricted to certain programs.
Year 2020 has taught us that the future is difficult to predict! Canada has marked the highest immigration targets in history & a record number of Express Entry ITAs have been issued. There is a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign rolling out across Canada & there are reasons to be optimistic for immigration to Canada in 2021.
The table below shows the CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of December 21st, 2020. As of December 21st, there were a total of 147,487 candidates in the Express Entry pool. The score distribution may change as people submit new profiles and other profiles expire.