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Express Entry: Year-End Report 2020 Released by IRCC

Posted on December 18, 2021
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IRCC releases Express Entry 2020 annual report

As per the Canadian immigration department’s Express Entry Year-End Report 2020, there were a total of 360,998 Express Entry profiles submitted in 2020. In 2019, there were 266,597 profiles submitted through the federal Express Entry system.

Among the total profiles submitted in 2020, around 74% were eligible for at least one of the federal programs that come under the Express Entry system handled through the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

An Overview of the Express Entry system
What is Express Entry? Launched in January 2015, Express Entry is an application management system used for Canadian permanent residence applications from skilled workers.
Why “Express Entry”? Facilitates the federal government of Canada to manage the intake of Canada PR applications under key economic immigration programs, also facilitating the selection of candidates with the most likelihood of succeeding in Canada.
What programs come under Express Entry? ·       Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

·       Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

·       Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Some immigration streams under Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are linked with IRCC Express Entry.

How Express Entry works? STEP 1: Profile creation, denoting an expression of interest in Canada immigration through Express Entry.

STEP 2: Invitations to apply (ITA) sent out in federal draws held from time to time.

60 days allotted to submit an online application to IRCC for permanent residence in Canada.

How soon can I get my Canada PR visa through Express Entry? 80% of applications are processed within six months of application submission.
What is the basic step-wise process to apply? STEP 1: Check eligibility. 67-points must be scored to be able to create an Express Entry profile.

STEP 2: Getting your documentation ready.

STEP 3: Profile submission, entering IRCC pool of candidates

STEP 4: Receiving an invitation and applying for permanent residence

What’s new in 2020? Service limitations and disruptions, along with border restrictions led to IRCC to adapt to the new conditions presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Changes in 2020 include –

·       ITA validity temporarily changed from 60 to 90 days. Those receiving an ITA after June 29, 2021 must submit Canada PR application within 60 days.

·       Since March 2020, IRCC has focused more on candidates that had a higher likelihood of already being within Canada.

·       Increase in number of ranking points available to French-speaking and bilingual candidates. With effect from October 20, 2020, French-speaking candidates get 25 points (up from 15), and bilingual candidates to get 50 points (up from 30).



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360,998 Express Entry profiles were submitted in 2020.

IRCC Express Entry Profile Submissions 2018-2000
Year Total profiles submitted
2020 360,998
2019 266,597
2018 94,279
Express Entry 2020 – CRS score distribution of eligible profiles at time of submission


CRS Score Range 2020
CRS 701-1,200 15
CRS 651-700 38
CRS 601-650 146
CRS 551-600 672
CRS 501-550 6,053
CRS 451-500 71,232
CRS 401-450 73,812
CRS 351-400 72,129
CRS 301-350 36,112
CRS 251-300 4,856
CRS 201-250 1,081
CRS 151-200 390
CRS 101-150 113
CRS 1-100 9

Note. CRS: Comprehensive Ranking System, a 1,200-point matrix used for ranking profiles in the IRCC pool.

Express Entry 2020 – Most common primary occupations, upon invitation
Occupation  NOC Code Total invitations in 2020
Software engineers and designers NOC 2173 6,665
Information systems analysts and consultants NOC 2171 4,846
Computer programmers and interactive media developers NOC 2174 4,661
Food service supervisors NOC 6311 4,228
Administrative assistants NOC 1241 4,041
Financial auditors and accountants NOC 1111 2,623
Administrative officers NOC 1221 2,366
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations NOC 1123 2,327
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers NOC 1311 2,128
Retail sales supervisors NOC 6211 2,119
User support technicians NOC 2282 2,043
University professors and lecturers NOC 4011 1,823
Database analysts and data administrators NOC 2172 1,767
Retail and wholesale trade managers NOC 0621 1,699
Professional occupations in business management consulting NOC 1122 1,680
TOTAL 107,350

Since March 2020, IRCC has been focusing more on Express Entry candidates that were more likely to already be within Canada at the time of submitting their permanent residence application.

Such candidates include those with a provincial nomination under Canadian PNP or those with previous and recent Canadian experience making them eligible for the CEC.

Express Entry 2020 – Most common countries of residence among candidates who received an invitation
Country of residence Total ITAs by IRCC
Canada 67,570
India 11,259
US 7,266
Nigeria 4,095
UAE 1,412
Pakistan 1,309
Australia 1,081
Lebanon 998
China (People’s Republic of) 916
Morocco 850
Other 10,594
TOTAL 107,350

In the sixth year of its operation, Canada’s Express Entry application management system continued to provide a pathway to Canada PR for a wide range of highly-skilled candidates that were able to demonstrate the potential to successfully integrate into and contribute to the Canadian economy.

Today, in the background of the ongoing pandemic situation, IRCC continues to closely monitor Express Entry and to explore ways that the system could be used “to ensure that Canada continues to derive maximum benefit from economic immigration in a rapidly evolving environment”.

Canada is the most popular country for migrate overseas.

92% of individuals that migrated to Canada found their community to be welcoming.

Canada is also among the Top 3 countries for migration post COVID-19 pandemic.


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