New Express Entry Draw – 4 March, 2020

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3,900 invitations to apply are issued in the new Express Entry draw on March 4, and the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in this round was 471 a increase of one point over the previous draw held on February 19.

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

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

Additional CRS points are given to a Candidate if the candidate is having a job offer although it is now required to be eligible for Express Entry Invitation.

Highest ranked Candidates are invited to apply for Canada Permanent residence through Express Entry Draws from the pool. These Invitations round take place in every 2 weeks.

The minimum CRS score depends on factors including the number of candidates in the Express Entry pool, the time between draws and the number of ITAs issued.

In order to reach this year’s 85,800 ITA target for new permanent resident admissions, the government needs to start issuing larger numbers of invitations in every draw.

Today’s draw is the 5th of 2020 and brings the total number of ITAs issued this year to 18,700.


The tie break applied in the March 4, draw was February 24, 2020 at 06:02:57 UTC.

This means that all candidates with CRS scores above 471, as well as those with scores of 471 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an ITA.


The target for Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), a portion of which is also managed by the Express Entry system, is set to rise to 67,800 in 2020 and 71,300 in 2021.

Enhanced PNP streams are also linked to Express entry draw which includes 9 Canadian provinces and 2 territories.

Many of these have lower or even no CRS score requirement. These streams allow participating provinces and territories to select Express Entry candidates and invite them to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

Express Entry candidates who get a provincial nomination receive an extra 600 points toward their CRS score and are effectively secured an ITA.


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