Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has broken two of its own records in the most recent Express Entry draw which took place on April 12, 2017. The latest draw represents the first time that a record number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) have been issued in a single draw since the Express Entry system was introduced in 2015. In addition to that, the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required by each candidate to receive an ITA dropped to 423, the lowest required ever.
A total of 3, 923 ITAs were issued in this particular draw, with 423 CRS points required, and overall 2017 has seen 32,308 ITAs issued.
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 principal applicant. The IRCC has made a commitment to complete all submitted applications within 6 months. Click here, for more about Express Entry.
The opening, few months of 2017 have seen a trend of decreasing CRS requirements and increasing numbers of ITAs issued.
In order for a candidate to be in a position 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. These are namely; 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. Overall, this score determines their ranking in the pool. During the regularly conducted draws, IRCC issues ITAs to the highest-ranking candidates. Candidates who receive an ITA may submit an application for Canadian permanent resident status.