The Canadian Express Entry Immigration system is fundamental to immigrating to Canada and the trend is set to continue. The latest Express Entry draw took place on April, 19 and saw a total of 3,665 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued. Candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 415 or above were issued with an invitation for Canadian permanent residence. This represents the lowest CRS score ever required. In addition to that, this draw brings the overall number of ITAs issued since the Express Entry system was introduced in 2015, to well over 100,000.
Canada has issued more than 35,000 ITAs in the first four months of 2017 alone, eclipsing the total number of ITAs issued in the whole of 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, will also be able to come to Canada along with the principal applicant. The IRCC has made a commitment to complete submitted applications within 6 months.
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 (FTSC0, 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. Those candidates who receive an ITA may submit an application for Canadian permanent resident status.
Full list of Express Entry draws in 2017:
|Draw #||Minimum CRS score||Date of draw||# ITAs issued|