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4,200 Express Entry candidates have been invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the 163rd Express Entry draw on September 16th, 2020. Invitations were issued to candidates in all three of the economic immigration streams managed by the Express Entry system, including Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).  The minimum CRS cut-off score for this draw was 472.

Draw Number: 163
Draw Date: September 16th, 2020
Number of Invitations Issued: 4,200
Minimum CRS: 472
Program Specified: None
Tie-breaking rule: March 9th, 2020

Federal Skilled Workers, Federal Skilled Trades Invited

In the 163rd Express Entry draw, the IRCC extended invitations to candidates across all three economic immigration streams under Express Entry.

This draw saw 4,200 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to candidates with a CRS score of 472 points or higher, down four points from the last all-program draw.

We are glad to see that the IRCC is once again extending invitations to candidates outside of Canada. This is a strong sign that Canadian immigration is returning to normal. Earlier this year, the federal government pledged to welcome more than one million newcomers by 2021, and we are confident that this target can still be reached. We expect to see many invitations extended in the upcoming weeks in order to make up for the limitations imposed over the last few months.

Anya Leibovitch

Anya Leibovitch is a writer, editor, and translator based in Montreal. She writes about the city’s tech and literary scene, as well as immigration.

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