In the latest Express Entry draw held on March 1, 2017, 3,884 candidates were issued with an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Candidates in the Express Entry pool who had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) point score of 434 or above were issued with an ITA, representing the third time in a row that the number of CRS points required for a candidate to receive an ITA dropped to its lowest level since the Express Entry immigration system was introduced in January 2015.
Incredibly, this latest draw comes just seven days after the previous draw, representing the highest number of ITAs ever issued in a single draw, and bringing the total number of ITAs issued in 2017 to well over 20,000.
The candidates who have received an ITA are now in a position to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The principal applicant may also come to Canada with accompanying family members, including spouses or common-law partners, as well as dependent children.
In order 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 – the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FTSC), or Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Once candidates have entered the pool they are assigned a CRS point 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 the regularly conducted draws, the IRCC issues ITAs to the highest-ranking candidates. The candidates who receive an ITA may submit an application for Canadian permanent resident status.