Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to 3,796 candidates in the Express Entry pool in its latest draw, which took place on May 4, 2017. Candidates in the pool with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of around 423 or above at the time of the draw are now in a position to apply for Canadian permanent resident status. Although the minimum required CRS point was higher than that of the previous draw, which took place on April 19, a greater number of ITAs were issued this time around.
So far in 2017, 39,769 ITAs have been issued – significantly more than the total number of ITAs issued in 2016. Candidates who received an ITA in this draw are now in a position to submit an application for Canadian permanent resident status to the federal government. Accompanying family members, including spouses or common-law partners, as well as dependent children, may also come to Canada along with the principle applicant. In turn, the IRCC aims to complete submitted applications within six months. The opening months of 2017 have witnessed a series of decreasing CRS requirements and increasing numbers of ITAs issued.
Express Entry procedure
In order for an individual to receive an ITA in an Express Entry draw, individuals are first required to meet the eligibility criteria of one of the three immigration programs managed through the Express Entry system. The Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FTSC), or Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Upon entering the pool, candidates are assigned a CRS score based on factors including civil status information, education, work experience, language ability, and other criteria. This score determines their ranking in the pool. During periodic draws, IRCC issues ITAs to the highest-ranking candidates. Those candidates who receive an ITA may submit an application for Canadian permanent resident status.