Latest Express Entry Data Confirms How Difficult Applying for Permanent Residence has Become
On March 4, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the fifth Express Entry invitation round of 2020. In round #138, Canada issued 3,900 Invitations to Apply to candidates with a score of 471 or more in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The tie-breaking rule for this round was set on February 24, 2020, at 06:02:57 UTC.
As of March 3, 2020, there were 145,436 profiles registered in the Express Entry pool, 1,394 more than the previous round. One of the most significant statistics is the number of Express Entry candidates with a CRS score in the range 451-600, which on the last draw was 21,905. Given that, on average, 3,700 candidates tend to be invited at each draw, what was considered a competitive score one year ago (450+), is far from being a guaranteed invitation these days. Unfortunately, IRCC does not provide a detailed breakdown of the scores within the 451-600 range.
To date, the federal government has issued Invitations to Apply to 18,700 candidates in 2020. None of the 2020 draws have invited candidates with a score below 470.