Express Entry in 2020: A Record-Breaking Year

2020 was a wild ride for the world.. and for Canadian Immigration. Express Entry has unexpectedly high
Express Entry in 2020 2021 stats

The Coronavirus pandemic has created uncertainty and a feeling of unsettling across the globe. Immigration to Canada has always been affected by internal factors such as demographics, economy, policies, politics as well as application processing capacity. External factors influence immigration differently each year. These factors may be civil war or a pandemic! 

Reported surveys state that the interest in immigrating to Canada has increased globally due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Immigrants and Newcomers contribute significantly to the country’s growth by: 

  • Filling gaps in the Canadian labor force 
  • Contributing to an educated Canada 
  • Being politically engaged 
  • Contributing to Canada’s future – the children of immigrants tending to achieve higher education and similar labor market outcomes 
  • Enterprising, innovative, and job-creators – many immigrant owners of small and medium-size enterprises are successful and also aid in further job creation in the Canadian economy  

Thus, despite restrictions on travel, and a home-office workplace, Express Entry has noted a record-breaking increase in applications and processing

Some interesting facts about Express Entry in 2020: 

Total Immigration Rounds Held
Total invitations to Apply (ITA) to Express Entry candidates
Lowest CRS Cut-Off for an All-program Draw
  • Total invitations to Apply (ITA) to Express Entry candidates – 107,350 
    • Highest ITAs issued since the inception of Express Entry in 2015 
  • Total immigration rounds held – 36 
    • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) holds invitation rounds. In 2019, 26 rounds were held. The IRCC wanted to prioritize the Express Entry candidates within Canada and held draws which were only targeted to the ‘Canadian Experience Class (CEC)’ and the ‘Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)’ applicants.
  • Smallest Express Entry – PNP only draw happened in April 2015 where 118 ITA’s were handed. Eventually this increased to thousands of ITAs being handed over at once by the end of the year.
  • Increasing draw sizes – 2020 saw a consistent increase in draw sizes, and a new format of Express Entry draws: 
    • IRCC held ‘PNP only’ and ‘CEC only’ draws 
    • The PNP only draw had only 668 ITAs, CEC only draw had much more; together, the draws would add up-to approximately 3,800 ITAs. 
    • 1 Federal Skilled Trades draw – 250 ITAs were sent 
  • CRS scores to determine the cut-off for draws: 

Express Entry in 2021

Canada recently announced the 2021-2023 immigration plan which has a strong focus on economic immigration programs, with 58% of expected immigrants being admitted under economic class programs. Express Entry is one of the economic programs under which Canada will be inviting individuals for Canadian permanent residency. Canada is expecting to welcome over 400,000 new permanent residents every year, and more than 100,000 of these new immigrants will be through the Express-Entry managed programs. Here are some quick facts about the plan for 2021:

  • Next year’s immigration target is of 401,000 permanent residents, with a maximum total of 410,000 expected permanent residents 
  • 108,500 of the above-mentioned permanent residents are expected to through the Express Entry program, i.e., approving 8,946 Express Entry candidates a month 
  • The maximum expected immigration in one year via Express Entry is expected to be 113,750 permanent residents in 2023. 
  • Based on high range estimates for the immigration programs in the 2020 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, the following total permanent residents are expected: 
    • 208,500 Federal Economic, Provincial/territorial nominees 
    • 105,000 Family reunification applicants 
    • 68,000 Refugees, protected persons, humanitarian and compassionate and other 

What is Express Entry?

The Express Entry system is an application system that manages the pool of candidates applying for Canadian economic immigration. The Express Entry system facilitates economic immigration through the following three programs – Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Express Entry is a two stage process, which starts with the creation of an express entry profile. A CRS Score is calculated for candidates which determines their rank in the pool. Periodic Express Entry draws are held by IRCC to invite candidates with certain scores. If you meet the express entry draw score, you are issued an invitation to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency. 

What do I do if I got an invitation to apply?

You now have 60 days to submit all of your documents to IRCC for your Permanent Residency application. We can help you with Stage 2 of the application. We offer flexible service options including:

  • Consultations – Useful for those looking for answers to specific questions about their profile and applications
  • Review Services – Useful and budget option for those looking for professional oversight while applying on their own
  • Full Representation – Useful for those who would like an RCIC to take charge of the process and represent them in the application.

I didn’t apply for Express Entry yet but I want to before the next draw – What do I do?

Get started by booking a consultation. It is important to understand if your profile meets basic eligibility for this program and whether or not you have good prospects to immigrate through this program. During the consultation, we will review your profile and see if Express Entry is the best option for you. We will also assess your profile for other federal and provincial programs for Permanent Residency. Regardless of whether you retain our services, at the end of the consultation, you will have a plan for your path to Canadian permanent residency. If you choose to retain our services, we will adjust this fee to our full retainer fee. 


Please note that none of the information on this website should be construed as being legal advice. As well, you should not rely on any of the information contained in this website when determining whether and how to apply to a given program.
Canadian immigration law is constantly changing, and the information above may be outdated.
If you have a question about the contents of this blog, or any question about Canadian immigration law, please contact the Author. Please book a consultation if you would like to get answers to general immigration questions and advice specific to your situation.

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