The federal Express Entry draw that was held on December 23, 2020, showed a dip in the minimum cut-off score. In this draw, 5,000 immigration candidates were invited. The minimum CRS score required of them was 468.
With the December 23 draw, the total number of ITAs sent in 2020, has reached 107,350. This is a record-high number of ITAs. This draw was also the 4th consecutive round of invitations that issued 5,000 ITAs for Canada PR. Since September 2, 2020, an increase has occurred consistently in the number of ITAs issued in Express Entry draws of an all-program nature.
Since March 18, 2020, when travel restrictions and border closures were imposed due to COVID-19, IRCC had conducted only program-specific draws for a few months. But in time, to ensure the intake of more skilled workers as immigrants, Canada has taken necessary steps to keep up the processes for most of its immigration programs.
In the December 23 draw, IRCC applied a cut-off rule with June 4, 2020, at 13:39:44 UTC as the timestamp. This means that candidates who have a CRS score of 468 or more on this date and time will be chosen to receive an ITA.
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CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
ITA – Invitation to Apply
PR – Permanent Residence