Biggest-ever Express Entry has seen 1,804 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued

The latest Express Entry draw was conducted on October 19, making it the second draw in the last eight days. In this draw, there has been a record number of Invitation to Apply (ITAs) issued to candidates in immigration, in the Refugee, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry pool. The last record of ITAs ever given was 1,637, in a draw which was conducted on March 27, 2015. As a matter of fact, this is the second time that two Express Entry draws have been conducted in the space of two weeks.   

A score of 475 and above, of Comprehensive Ranking System points, was required for candidates to be issued an ITA in this latest draw. This is the biggest points reduction and lowest minimum CRS score required in any of the draws done in the last six months.

For the Express Entry pool, the IRCC conducts a number of draws in which ITAs are given to the highest-ranking candidates in the pool. When a candidate receives an ITA, they will have a minimum of 60 days to submit an application for permanent residence with the federal government, the government has made the commitment to process all completed applications within six months. 

The principal applicant is also able to include their accompanying spouse, common-law partner, and any dependent children on their application.

Invitations Rising, Points Decreasing

The Canadian government makes huge efforts to regularly increase the immigration levels and ease the pathway to obtaining permanent residence. The September and October draws have only gone on to reinforce this commitment and effort, as the previous four draws have all seen an increase in the number of ITAs issued. Overall, 2016 has seen 23,092 ITAs issued to candidates in the Express Entry pool.