IRCC issues ITAs for 27,332 Express Entry applicants

IRCC surprised everyone by issuing 27,322 Express Entry ITAs over the weekend. Of course, this resulted in disruptions to their website, and most people could not log in to see if they have received an ITA. Let’s explore this revelation a bit more.

What is Express Entry?

Before discussing the ITAs, let’s talk about Express Entry. Of course, Express Entry is an online application system by IRCC that covers the following immigration options:

If you are not familiar with these options, please click the links and read the relevant articles. Regardless, you may also find the following articles helpful.

What is an ITA?

When you apply under Express Entry, you enter a pool. There, you compete with other applicants based on your CRS score. Of course, CRS stands for Comprehensive Ranking System and assigns up to 1200 points to you based on your application’s merits. IRCC runs rounds of invitations now and again. They issue ITAs or Invitation To Apply letters for those who gain the highest CRS. However, the number of invitations varies from time to time.

Who did the IRCC issue ITAs?

IRCC issued ITAs for Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applicants only. They posted the news on their website on Feb 13, 2021. However, this behaviour was out of the ordinary. Consequently, some of those applicants may not have received their ITAs when reading this newsflash. According to their website, the lowest CRS was 75. Of course, this means they pretty much invited every CEC applicant.

What will happen next?

Typically IRCC issues between 2500 and 5000 ITAs at a time. However, 27,332 invitations are unusual. Therefore, we cannot predict what could happen next. Here are some potential scenarios:

  • IRCC will go silent and won’t issue ITAs for a while.
  • The next round will cover FSWC or FSTC or both.
  • IRCC focuses on CEC for another few months.

Of course, these are wild guesses, and we have to wait and see.

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