Ministerial Instructions

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) of 2002 provides the legislative authority for Canada’s immigration program. IRPA contains various provisions that allow the Minister to issue special Instructions to immigration officers to enable the Government of Canada to best attain its immigration goals. Ministerial Instructions (MI) are typically issued for limited periods of time, and can touch on a diverse range of issues, from temporary resident processing to federal skilled worker selection and application intake measures.

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system

Note: IRCC is using a new approach to rank candidates who have the same CRS score and a new format for its Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. You can go to the invitation rounds page for the date and time of the round, the CRS of the lowest ranked candidate invited and the tie-breaking rule.

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #135 – January 22, 2020

The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, pursuant to section 10.3(1)(i) and (j) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, gives the annexed Ministerial Instructions Respecting Invitations to Apply for Permanent Residence under the Express Entry System (January 22, 2020).

Ottawa, January 22, 2020

Marco E.L. Mendicino
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system (January 22, 2020)

Interpretation

1 The following definitions apply in these Instructions.

eligible foreign national
means a foreign national whose expression of interest is in the express entry pool established by the Express Entry Instructions. (étranger admissible)
Express Entry Instructions
means the Ministerial Instructions Respecting the Express Entry System, as published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on December 1, 2014, as amended from time to time. (Instructions concernant le système Entrée express)
general ranking
means the ranking of eligible foreign nationals relative to each other, regardless of the class under which they can receive an invitation. (classement général)
invitation
has the same meaning as in section 1 of the Express Entry Instructions. (invitation)

Invitations — Period

2 Invitations may be issued under these Ministerial Instructions during the period beginning on January 22, 2020, and ending on January 23, 2020.

Invitations — Number

3 The number of invitations that may be issued is 3,400.

Invitations — Rank

4 For an eligible foreign national to be invited to make an application, they must be ranked among the first 3,400 eligible foreign nationals in the general ranking.

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