Express Entry Draw - Thousands Invited to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residency

February 9, 2021


  • Robynn Farrell

The latest Express Entry draw on January 22nd issued 3,400 applicants invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residency. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score for the draw was 471 - a 2 point reduction since the first Express Entry draw of 2020. January has been a good month for 6,800 lucky Express Entry applicants who received ITAs.  The admissions target for 2020 is higher than it’s ever been before at 85,800 foreign nationals who, during the course of the year, will be granted opportunities, otherwise known as ITAs, to make Canada their new home. This ambitious figure plays a major role in combating Canada’s declining birth rate and retiring workforce over the next decade.  This is great news for skilled and semi-skilled foreign workers who are looking for better career opportunities abroad and a higher quality of life. They can apply through the Express Entry system to expedite and streamline their Canadian journey.   

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4 Important Things to Know About Express Entry Immigration to Canada

1. The (Fast) Online System Express Entry is an online system that manages immigration applications/profiles of skilled foreign workers for three economic programs, namely the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Trades Worker Program (FTWP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and some Provincial Nomination Programs. The reason for its popularity is due to the fact that it’s one of the fastest immigration systems in the world – it processes applications in as little as 4-6 months! 2. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score The CRS is a points-based system used to score applicants in conjunction with Express Entry. It awards points for criteria such as age, education, skilled work experience, and language proficiency. Arranged employment in Canada and a provincial nomination can significantly increase your CRS score, although neither is compulsory. 3. Invitation to Apply (ITA) Once you’ve created an Express Entry profile that serves as an initial application, you need to follow the routine Express Entry draws that take place every two weeks, like this one.  If your CRS score matches or is above the required draw score, you may be issued an ITA and can apply for permanent residency in Canada. 4. Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) All Canadian provinces and territories have dedicated immigration programs and streams to address labor shortages in their respective cities. Nine of the eleven PNP streams align with the Express Entry system and Canadian provinces will, on occasion, invite candidates directly from the federal Express Entry pool in response to provincial labor-market needs. Similarly, Express Entry candidates can indicate an Expression of Interest (EOI) in a province on their online profile, if their skills are in-demand in that province/territory. How do you know if your skills are in-demand? Provincial governments publish lists of in-demand occupations on their official websites.  

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