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Express Entry Draw Results - January 2020

Updated: May 18, 2020

The Government of Canada held two Express Entry draws for Permanent Residency in 2020.

Express Entry Draw: January 8th, 2020

Number of invitations: 3,400

CRS cut-off score: 473 points

Express Entry Draw: January 22nd, 2020

Number of invitations issued: 3,400

CRS cut-off score: 471 points

Express Entry Quick Facts

  • There have been a total of 2 Express Entry draws in 2020

  • A total of 6,800 Express Entry ITAs have been issued in 2020

  • Canada has higher admissions targets for 2020 and 2021 for the programs managed by the Express Entry system

Am I eligible for Express Entry?

There are different eligibility requirements for each of the economic immigration programs handled by the Express Entry system.

1. Canadian Experience Class

  • Language skills: English or French skills (CLB 7 if your NOC is 0 or A / CLB 5 if your NOC is B)

  • Type/level of work experience: Canadian experience in NOC 0, A, or B

  • Amount of work experience: 1 year in Canada in the last 3 years

  • Job offer: Not required

  • Education: Not required

2. Federal Skilled Worker Program

  • Language skills: English or French skills (CLB 7)

  • Type/level of work experience: Canadian or foreign experience in NOC 0, A, or B

  • Amount of work experience: 1 year continuous within the last 10 years

  • Job offer: Not required

  • Education: Secondary education

3. Federal Skilled Trades Program

  • Language skills: English or French skills (CLB 5 for speaking and listening and CLB 4 for reading and writing)

  • Type/level of work experience: Canadian or foreign experience in a skilled trade under key groups of NOC B

  • Amount of work experience: 2 years within the last 5 years

  • Job offer: Required

  • Education: Not required

How many points do you need to immigrate to Canada?

The CRS cut-off score varies in each draw based on a number of factors, which include:

  • The number of candidates invited

  • The frequency of draws

  • The number of new candidates entering the pool

  • Changes in the CRS scores of existing candidates (some candidates in the pool may increase their CRS score)

How long does it take for Express Entry in Canada?

According to the Government’s processing time calculator, applications for programs managed by the Express Entry system should be processed in 6 months. However, we find this estimate to be somewhat conservative and misleading to the applicant. The 6-month processing time is calculated after an applicant receives an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and submits their application.

However, the 6-month processing time estimate does not include the two months you have beforehand to get your documentation together nor the months prior to that when you must take your language exams and have your foreign education evaluated.

It’s also worth noting that we find that the 6-month processing time often turns out to be more like 8 months. Furthermore, processing time can be longer based on factors unique to your situation. For example, if you have a lengthy work history, a complex background (you’ve lived in many different countries), or if you have multiple family members on your application, it may take longer to review your application.

With all of this being said, we find that it often takes 12 months from start to finish for an Express Entry applicant to land in Canada. In cases where the application is very simple, applicants may find their application is processed in 10 months.

Express Entry PR Timeline = Approximately 10-12 months

How can I apply for Canada Express Entry?

  1. Check to see if you are eligible for a program that is managed by the Express Entry system. Canadian Experience Class Federal Skilled Worker Program Federal Skilled Trades Program

  2. Get your documents ready (e.g. language test results, educational credential assessment, provincial nomination [if you have one], etc.)

  3. Create an Express Entry profile online where you can enter information about your skills, education, language ability, work experience, and more.

  4. You will then be assigned a CRS score out of 1200 points and enter the pool of Express Entry applicants.

  5. Every two to three weeks, the Canadian government will conduct an Express Entry draw where applicants with the highest CRS score receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.

  6. Those who are extended an ITA have 90 days to complete an application.


Our Services

Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.

We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.

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