IRCC has released a Mid-Year Report for Express Entry Canada, reflecting the impact of Coronavirus. According to the report, 2020 becomes the second-largest start to the year for the number of ITAs issued despite coronavirus. The first half of 2020 has been unlike any other period in the history of Express Entry. Canada saw both the largest and smallest Express Entry draws ever as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the biggest Express Entry draw ever on February 19, inviting 4,900 candidates in a single draw.
A few weeks later, on March 12, the new immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, announced that Canada would welcome over one million immigrants by 2022, many of whom would arrive through Express Entry.
Canada held more Express Entry Rounds of Invitations in Pandemic
Canada continued to issue invitations through regular Express Entry rounds for CEC Immigration candidates & Provincial Nominee Program Candidates. (Provincial Nominee: The only route for Low CRS Aspirants) As a result, there have been 21 draws held as of today, including the June 25 Express Entry draw. Last year, 2019, there were 12 draws held in the same time frame. Every Province participated in issuing invitations including Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, British Columbia & Saskatchewan.
In fact, more Invitations to Apply (ITAs) have been issued this year compared to the same time last year. This year 49,900 ITAs have been issued in the first half of 2020, whereas 2019 saw 41,800 ITAs issued at the mid-year point.
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