Express Entry

Fourth Express Entry Draw: 4,626 Invitations Issued

As January winds down, Canada holds fourth Express Entry draw of 2021 for candidates in Canadian Experience Class. A total of 10,000 invitations have been issued to date through the four draws, keeping Canada well on track to meet Express Entry targets for 2021.

As anticipated by, after the January 20 2021 Express Entry draw where 374 candidates with provincial nominations were issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) by Immigration, Refugees Citizenship Canada (IRCC), a second Express Entry draw was held the following day.

A total of 4,626 permanent residency invitations were issued to the highest ranked candidates during the January 21 2021 draw.

Candidates for this draw were selected from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program. The minimum Comprehensive Score Requirement (CRS) needed in order to qualify for the draw was 454.

This is seven points lower than the Express Entry CEC draw of January 7 where the required CRS score was 461. The lower score requirement highlights the importance of applying and submitting a profile in the Express Entry System, even if candidates don’t feel very strongly about their score based on the possibility to upgrade the score. Because you never know what the cut off requirements will be.

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The January 20 and 21 draws resulted in a total of 5,000 ITAs being issued to candidates. The same number of ITAs were issued during the two previous Express Entry draws held on January 6 and 7 2021.

This will have been the fourth Express Entry draw since the start of the new year. A total of 10,000 invitations have been issued through these draws in a matter of three weeks. These draws are a strong indication that IRCC will likely continue to use the Express Entry system extensively over the coming months.

It is clear the federal government is working hard to stay on target for its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan.

According to the plan, Canada is looking to welcome approximately 110,000 Express Entry candidates into Canada per year until 2023. This means on average, 9,100 ITAs will need to be issued per month until the end of the year. If the January draws are any indication, Canada will have no trouble meeting this ambitious target.

The Canadian government has been very vocal about its desire to continue welcoming high skilled immigrants into the country, especially as it looks to rebuilding a struggling economy in a post-COVID world. These immigration priorities were reinforced again in Trudeau’s Supplementary Mandate Letter to Minister Mendicino earlier this month.

If we follow the pattern for January, the next Express Entry Draw under the Provincial Nominee Program stream may be held during the first week of February on the 3rd.

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