The Government of Canada invited 4,500 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence in its latest Express Entry draw on November 5, 2020.
The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score to be selected for this draw was 478.
This was the third time in history that Canada invited 4,500 immigration candidates to apply – a record.
Last week, the Canadian Immigration Minister announced that Canada plans to welcome over 400,000 new permanent residents every year from 2021 until 2023. At least 100,000 of these will come through the Express Entry system.
Usually, Canada holds Express Entry draws bi-weekly. However, this draw was postponed to make sure the CRS update on French speaking candidates goes ahead.
The Canadian Government announced some changes to the CRS scoring. French speaking candidates now get an additional 25 CRS points, up from 15. Bilingual candidates who speak French get an additional 50 CRS points, up from 30.
Aspiring candidates in the Express Entry pool are selected according to the CRS system. They are given points based on factors such as their age, education, work experience, language ability in English or French.
The candidates with the highest points/scores may receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence in an Express Entry draw. In the latest draw, Canada invited the top 4,500 candidates.