Biggest Express Entry draw ever

In the largest Express Entry draw ever witnessed the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 2,878 Invitations to Apply (ITA). The IRCC issued the record number of ITAs to candidates with 475 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points in the Express Entry draw that took place on December 22, 2016.

This latest draw came just six days after the previous draw much to the surprise of many candidates and went on to be the biggest ever draw since the Express Entry system was introduced almost two years ago.

Over the course of 2016, the IRCC repeatedly stated that it intends to conduct more regular draws, an increase in the number of ITAs issued, as well as a significant decrease in the number of CRS cut-off points. True to its word the IRCC and its programs are beginning to bear fruits much to the delight of current and prospective Express Entry candidates. 

The Express Entry system was introduced by the IRCC and is used to select candidates for immigration to Canada through many of the Federal Economic Immigration programs. Candidates who intend to apply for immigration through the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) are required to do so through the Express Entry system.     

The eligible candidates are required to create a profile that is submitted to the Express Entry pool. Once their profile has been successfully created candidates are given a CRS score which helps determine their ranking in the pool. The IRCC through its regular draws will then issue successful candidates with an ITA. Last month saw the IRCC introduce a number of improvements to the Express Entry system which were created to make sure that more candidates are invited to apply based on their human capital, skills, and experience. 

Introduced in January 2015 the Express Entry system was designed to ensure that Canada is able to meet its current and future labor market needs while maintaining long-term economic growth. Learn more about the Express Entry system here.