Express Entry 169th Draw December 09, 2020

Express Entry 169th Draw December 09, 2020

A total of 5,000 candidates from the Express Entry pool were invited to apply for permanent residence (PR) in the All-program Express Entry draw held on December 09, 2020.

The minimum CRS score of the lowest-ranked candidate invited by IRCC was 469, the same as the previous invitation round on November 25, 2020. 

IRCC ranks candidates in the Express Entry pool using a point-based system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which is calculated based on human capital factors such as age, education, work experience, and language ability in English or French. The highest-ranking candidates are then selected from the pool and receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) letter. Draws that have higher requirements are PNP ones. Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points towards their CRS score, which explains the higher cut-off score.

Usually, a tie-breaking rule is applied in case of a tie between candidates. For this draw, those who submitted their profile before June 04, 2020, at 22:26:05 UTC were invited. If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

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CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of November 23, 2020

The numbers in this table reflect the total number of people in the pool overall, a few days before an invitation round. The score distribution may change as people submit new profiles and other profiles expire.

The table numbers not in bold are a detailed breakdown of the bold number immediately above.

The year 2020 has been an amazing one; issuing the highest number of ITAs to Express Entry candidates. The total ITAs so far this year amounts to 102,350 as illustrated by the graph below. It is noteworthy to mention that there has never been a single year where the number of ITAs issued exceeded 100,000.

An increasing trend in the number of ITAs could be noticed during last six months. This is in line with Canada’s commitment to welcome over 400,000 new immigrants in 2021.

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