Canada has conducted a second Express Entry draw in a week, this time issuing 4,750 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to Canadian Experience Class candidates.

The January 7 draw, announced on January 8, featured a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 461 points.

It follows a Provincial Nominee Program draw on January 6 that saw 250 ITAs issued and a minimum score of 813 points.

The two draws are the first program-specific draws since August 2020. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) switched to program-specific draws between April and August, during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Canada has now issued 5,000 ITAs in 2021, after setting a new annual record ITAs in 2020 at 107,350, despite the year being marred by coronavirus. The previous record for ITAs in a calendar year was the 89,800 issued in 2018.

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