The Government of Canada on February 5, 2020 during a draw meeting announced that Express Entry candidates had been issued with 3,500 invitation slots where they could apply for Canadian Permanent Residence. 472 would be the least Comprehensive Ranking System score for this invitation round, which was a one point increase from the previous draw held in January 22, 2020.

In a nut shell, the Express Entry System only accepts students who fall in either of the three categories of Canadian main skilled labor immigration; the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Canadian Experience Class and the Federal Skilled Trades Class.

The Canadian skilled labor immigration categories are established through the CRS score award. Factors considered during this ranking are age, education, and skilled work experience and proficiency level in French or English.

Candidates are advised to apply for Express ENTRY Invitation through ITA. A job offer is not a consideration for eligibility although it may earn you some additional CSR point if with one and therefore brings you closer to attaining the 472 CRS score.

There is a pre-determined capacity of highest ranked candidate who are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence during regular draws from the pool. Ordinarily, the invitation rounds are held every fortnight where most of the candidates considered are from the three Express Entry managed categories.

Permanent residence applications are not processed immediately as one would expect. It takes the Government of Canada six months to complete the process for all applications filed through the Express Entry system.

This latest invitation dated February 5, cumulatively brings us to 10,300 invitation issued this year.

There is a projected increase for new permanent resident admission in 2020, estimated to be 85,800 ITAs for all three Federal high skilled programs. The trend will most likely tend upwards in 2021 with 88,800 expected ITAs.