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The latest Express Entry draw, which took place on May 17, 2017, saw Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent resident status issued to 3,687 candidates in the Express Entry pool with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 415 or above. This is the second time the minimum CRS requirement has dropped to 415, the lowest minimum requirement yet since the system was introduced in January, 2015.

So far in 2017, 43,456 ITAs have been issued — more than the total number of ITAs issued during the year of 2016. Candidates who received an ITA in the May 17 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. IRCC aims to process complete submitted applications within six months.The opening months of 2017 have witnessed a series of decreasing CRS requirements and increasing numbers of ITAs issued. This followed predictions made by IRCC towards the end of 2016 that changes to the Express Entry system and the CRS would result in a greater number of ITAs being issued, and consequently a drop in the CRS score requirement.

For an in-depth analysis of the May 17 draw, including scenarios of how candidates received an ITA, please refer to this article on CICNews.com.

 

CRS Requirement in latest draw

 415

Number of ITAs in latest draw

 3,687

ITAs issued in 2017

 43,456

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). 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. This score determines their ranking in the pool. During periodic draws, IRCC issues ITAs to the highest-ranking candidates. Those candidates who receive an ITA  may submit an application for Canadian permanent resident status.

Learn more about increasing CRS score and ranking.

CRS requirement in recent Express Entry draws
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For more information on draws from the Express Entry pool that have taken place so far, consult this table.

Express Entry quick facts, from January 1, 2015 to May 17, 2017

  • Launch date: January 1, 2015
  • First draw from the pool: January 31, 2015
  • Most recent draw from the pool: May 17, 2017
  • Minimum CRS points required for selection in any one draw: 415 (April 19 and May 17, 2017)
  • Largest number of invitations to apply issued in any one draw: 3,923 (April 12, 2017)
  • Fewest invitations to apply issued in any one draw: 559 (November 30, 2016. Note: This draw invited candidates with a provincial nomination only.)
  • Largest decrease in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 273 (from May 22, 2015 to June 12, 2015 draws)
  • Smallest decrease in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 0 (on three occasions)
  • Largest increase in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 316 (from November 16, 2016 to November 30. Note: The latter draw invited candidates with a provincial nomination only.)
  • Smallest increase in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 0 (on three occasions)
  • Longest gap between two consecutive draws: 35 days (from April 17, 2015 to May 22, 2015 draws)
  • Shortest gap between two consecutive draws: 6 days (from December 16 to December 22, 2016)
  • Total number of ITAs issued in 2015: 31,063
  • Total number of ITAs issued in 2016: 33,782
  • Total number of ITAs issued in 2017: 43,456
  • Total number of ITAs issued since system was launched: 104,614

Draws From The Express Entry Pool (Updated)

Express Entry Draws: 2017

Draw # Minimum CRS Score Required Date of Draw # of ITAs Issued
62 415 May 17, 2017 3,687
61 423 May 4, 2017 3,769
60 415 April 19, 2017 3,665
59 423 April 12, 2017 3,923
58 431 April 5, 2017 3,753
57 441 March 24, 2017 3,749
56 434 March 1, 2017 3,884
55 441 February 22, 2017 3,611
54 447 February 8, 2017 3,664
53 453 January 25, 2017 3,508
52 459 January 11, 2017 3,334
51 468 January 4. 2017 2,902

Draw # Minimum CRS Score Required Date of Draw # of ITAs Issued
50 475 December 22, 2016 2,878
49 497 December 16, 2016 1,936
48 786 (*Provincial Nominee Programs only) November 30, 2016 559
47 470 November 16, 2016 2,427
46 472 November 2, 2016 2,080
45 475 October 19, 2016 1,804
44 484 October 12, 2016 1,518
43 483 September 21, 2016 1,288
42 491 September 7, 2016 1,000
41 538 August 24, 2016 750
40 490 August 10, 2016 754
39 488 July 27, 2016 755
38 482 July 13, 2016 747
37 482 June 29, 2016 773
36 488 June 15, 2016 752
35 483 June 1, 2016 762
34 484 May 18, 2016 763
33 534 May 6, 2016 799
32 468 April 20, 2016 1,018
31 470 April 6, 2016 954
30 470 March 23, 2016 1,014
29 473 March 8, 2016 1,013
28 453 February 24, 2016 1,484
27 459 February 10, 2016 1,505
26 457 January 28, 2016 1,468
25 453 January 13, 2016 1,518
24 461 January 6, 2016 1,463

Draw # Minimum CRS Score Required Date of Draw # of ITAs Issued
23 460 December 18, 2015 1,503
22 461 December 4, 2015 1,451
21 472 November 27, 2015 1,559
20 484 November 13, 2015 1,506
19 489 October 23, 2015 1,502
18 450 October 2, 2015 1,530
17 450 September 18, 2015 1,545
16 459 September 8, 2015 1,517
15 456 August 21, 2015 1,523
14 471 August 7, 2015 1,402
13 451 July 17, 2015 1,581
12 463 July 10, 2015 1,516
11 469 June 27, 2015 1,575
10 482 June 12, 2015 1,501
9 755 May 22, 2015 1,361
8 453 April 17, 2015 715
7 469 April 10, 2015 925
6 453 March 27, 2015 1,637
5 481 March 20, 2015 1,620
4 735 February 27, 2015 1,187
3 808 (*Canadian Experience Class only) February 20, 2015 849
2 818 February 7, 2015 779
1 886 January 31, 2015 779

To learn more about your Canadian immigration options through the programs managed under Express Entry, as well as through other currently available programs, please fill out a free online assessment today.