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How does IRCC decide when to hold Express Entry draws?

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Express Entry draws were fairly predictable.


Although it was not an official policy, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) would usually hold draws every two weeks, on Wednesday. Each draw would typically feature over 3,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence, and Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-offs around 470 points.

Things were more stable back then, as Express Entry's policy objectives had remained largely in tact since the system was introduced in January 2015. In addition, IRCC was relatively close to achieving its goal of processing 80% of Express Entry permanent residence applications within six months or less, and hence, could continue issuing new ITAs in regular intervals, which gave more certainty to Express Entry candidates.




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