Express Entry #170: 5,000 ITAs are issued in the new draw

Express Entry #170: 5,000 ITAs are issued in the new draw

Canada held its 169th Express Entry draw on December 23. A total of 5,000 ITA are issued.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in this round was 468, Drop of one point from previous draw held on December 23, 2020.

Today’s draw was the fourth consecutive invitation round to issue 5,000 ITAs for Canadian permanent residence. There was a consistent increase in the number of ITAs issued in all-program Express Entry draws since September 2.

This draw brings the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued this year to 107,350, a record high number of invitations.

Canada’s main three categories are managed under the Express Entry System are: –

In the Express Entry system, eligible candidates for the FSWC, FSTC, CEC programs, and some Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates are scored based on the Comprehensive Ranking System, or CRS.


Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied a tie break rule in today’s draw; candidates had to have submitted their profiles before June 4, 2020, at 22:26:05 UTC. This means that all candidates with CRS scores above 468, as well as those with scores of 468 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an ITA.

Candidates are ranked in the pool based on the CRS that considers 4 main factors: –

  1. Age
  2. Education
  3. Skilled work experience
  4. Proficiency in English or French

While a job offer is not required in order to be eligible under the Express Entry system, the CRS does award additional points to candidates who have one.

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