On March 18th, 2020, The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration issued 668 Invitation to Apply (“ITA”) for Permanent Residence under the Express Entry system. The official details were published on March 20th, 2020.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score (“CRS”) is currently 720, unusually higher from the previous CRS draw held on March 4th, 2020, which had a minimum score of 471. But this draw only included candidates who adjusted their Provincial Nominee Program with Express Entry. Tie-breaking rule was in place.

Express Entry is Canada’s flagship application management system for the following economic immigration categories: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.

Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for at least one of these programs are placed in the Express Entry pool and are assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on the information in their profile compared to a transparent scoring criterion, including factors such as education, language ability, and work experience. Candidates in the pool are ranked against one another based on their CRS score. Every few weeks, a Ministerial Instruction is published specifying the number of invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence that will be sent to candidates in the Express Entry pool on a specific date.