Today, the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3,400 applicants with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 473 or higher to apply for permanent residence. The CRS score increased 4 points from the previous draw held on December 19th, 2019. The draw today was the first Express Entry draw of 2020.

Today’s draw also marks the 134th round of invitations since Express Entry came into force and with that, IRCC has applied its tie-breaking rule with the timestamp of December 27, 2019, at 13:35:09 UTC. This simply means that all candidates with a CRS score of 473 or above, and previous candidates with a score of 473 or above who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before the selected tie-breaking date and time will receive an invitation in this round.

Please note that on January 1st, 2020, IRCC revised how much money you need to settle in Canada. You may need to update your settlement funds in your Express Entry profile.