2020 might have been an unprecedented year in more ways than one. For the Express Entry system of Canada, however, 2020 has been a record-breaking year despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of 37 Express Entry draws were held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] in 2020.
As many as 107,350 invitations to apply were issued by IRCC, a record in itself when compared to the statistics of previous years.
|Canada’s Express Entry in 2020|
According to Statista, “Canada’s appeal as an immigration destination has been increasing over the past two decades, with a total of 284,387 people immigrating to the country Between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.”
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|Between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, there were an estimated 127,191 immigrants to Ontario, making it the most popular immigration destination out of any province.|
Number of immigrants arriving in Canada in 2020, by province or territory of residence
|Province / Territory||Number of Immigrants|
|Prince Edward Island||2,082|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||1,564|
| Note. – The release date of the demographics is September 2020.|
As the time period for each year is from July 1 to June 30, the data for 2020 reflects new immigrants arriving in Canada between July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.
A majority of the foreign-born individuals in Canada had India as their source country. In 2019, Indians were the biggest recipients of Canadian permanent residence visas.
Canada had initially announced the intention of welcoming 341,000 immigrants in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic affected the outcome to a certain extent.
While the 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan was announced on March 12 this year, coronavirus-related travel restrictions were imposed by the Canadian government a week later, that is, on March 18.
Despite the COVID-19 situation, regular draws – both federal draws through the Express Entry system as well as provincial through the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] – continued to be held throughout 2020. However, while Express Entry Draw #138 held on March 4 was an all-program draw, the next all-program draw was held much later, on July 8 [Draw #155].
All the draws held in the interval were program-specific draws, alternating between the PNP and the Canadian Experience Class [CEC]. The reason behind the shift in focus was that CEC and PNP applicants were more likely to have already been within Canada, thereby unaffected by the travel restrictions.
Since September 2020, all the Express Entry draws held have been all-program draws.
The last 4 Express Entry draws in 2020 have had 5,000 ITAs issued in each draw.
The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] required in all-program draws ranged from 468 on one hand to 478 on the other.
The minimum CRS cut-off in PNP-specific draws is usually in the 650+ range. A provincial nomination alone fetches 600 CRS points for an Express Entry candidate that is nominated by any province or territory for Canadian permanent residence.
|Express Entry Draws in 2020|
|Sl. No.||Draw No.||Date of Draw||Minimum CRS||ITAs issued||For details|
|1||#134||January 8, 2020||473||3,400||Canada invites 3400 in the first Express Entry draw of 2020|
|2||#135||January 22, 2020||471||3,400||Canada invites 3400 in second Express Entry draw of 2020|
|3||#136||February 5, 2020||472||3,500||New Express Entry draw invites 3500 candidates for Canadian PR|
|4||#137||February 19, 2020||470||4,500||Canada invites 4500 in the largest ever Express Entry draw|
|5||#138||March 4, 2020||471||3,900||Latest Express Entry draw invites 3900 for Canada PR|
|6||#139 [PNP]||March 18, 2020||720||668||—|
|7||#140 [CEC]||March 23, 2020||467||3,232||Canada issues 3,232 invitations in the latest CEC-specific draw|
|8||#141 [PNP]||April 9, 2020||698||606||CRS drops by 22 points in latest EE draw|
|9||#142 [CEC]||April 9, 2020||464||3,294||Government of Canada issued 3,294 ITAs in latest draw|
|10||#143 [PNP]||April 15, 2020||808||118||Latest PNP-specific draw by Canada invites 118|
|11||#144 [CEC]||April 16, 2020||455||3,782||Canada: Latest EE draw has lowest CRS of the year|
|12||#145 [PNP]||April 29, 2020||692||589||Canada invites provincial nominees with the lowest CRS in 2020 so far|
|13||#146 [CEC]||May 1, 2020||452||3,311||Canada Express Entry latest draw has CRS drop further|
|14||#147 [PNP]||May 13, 2020||718||529||Canada invites 529 PNP candidates in latest draw|
|15||#148 [CEC]||May 15, 2020||447||3,371||Canada Express Entry: Lowest CRS in 2020|
|16||#149 [PNP]||May 27, 2020||757||385||Another targeted Express Entry draw by Canada invites 385|
|17||#150 [CEC]||May 28, 2020||440||3,515||CRS drops further in the latest Express Entry draw|
|18||#151 [PNP]||June 10, 2020||743||341||Canada invites 341 EE candidates with provincial nomination|
|19||#152 [CEC]||June 11, 2020||437||3,559||Canada invites with lowest CRS requirement for CEC since 2017|
|20||#153 [PNP]||June 24, 2020||696||392||392 PNP candidates invited in Express Entry latest draw|
|21||#154 [CEC]||June 25, 2020||431||3,508||Canada’s Express Entry invites with the lowest CRS in 2020 so far|
|22||#155||July 8, 2020||478||3,900||Canada resumes all-program Express Entry draws|
|23||#156 [PNP]||July 22, 2020||687||557||557 PNP candidates receive ITAs in latest Express Entry draw|
|24||#157 [CEC]||July 23, 2020||445||3,343||3,343 CEC candidates receive ITAs in latest draw|
|25||#158||August 5, 2020||476||3,900||3,900 ITAs issued in another all-program Express Entry draw|
|26||#159 [FSTP]||August 6, 2020||415||250||Rare FSTP-specific Express Entry draw held by Canada|
|27||#160 [PNP]||August 19, 2020||771||600||Canada invites 600 PNP candidates to apply for permanent residence|
|28||#161 [CEC]||August 20, 2020||454||3,300||3,300 CEC candidates invited in Express Entry Draw #161|
|29||#162||September 2, 2020||475||4,200||Canada holds largest EE draw since February this year|
|30||#163||September 16, 2020||472||4,200||Latest all-program Express Entry draw issues 4,200 ITAs|
|31||#164||September 30, 2020||471||4,200||Third consecutive all-program Express Entry draw held by Canada|
|32||#165||October 14, 2020||471||4,500||Latest Express Entry draw invites 4,500 to apply for Canada PR|
|33||#166||November 5, 2020||478||4,500||Canada invites 4,500 to apply for permanent residence|
|34||#167||November 18, 2020||472||5,000||Canada holds the largest Express Entry draw ever|
|35||#168||November 25, 2020||469||5,000||Express Entry: Another 5,000 invited in all-program draw|
|36||#169||December 9, 2020||469||5,000||Canada invites another 5,000 to apply for PR|
|37||#170||December 23, 2020||468||5,000||CRS drops to 468 in latest Express Entry draw|
|Total ITAs issued in 2020 so far – 107,350.|
According to the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan announced on October 30, 2020, Canada intends welcoming over 4 lakh immigrants a year in the near future.
Grappling with a low birth rate on one hand and an aging workforce on the other, Canada relies on immigration to a great extent for fixing the potential gap in the labour force.
Incidentally, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD], India produces the highest number of highly educated migrants.
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