The latest Express Entry draw was the largest ever

The latest Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada has broken new ground, with the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) point threshold dipping below the 450 mark for the first time ever. In total, 3,664 candidates in the pool with 447 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence on February 8, 2017.

Not only was the CRS requirement lower than ever, but the number of ITAs issued was greater than in any other draw that has taken place since the Express Entry selection system was launched more than two years ago.

Candidates who receive an ITA are now in a position to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Accompanying family members, including spouses or common-law partners, as well as dependent children, may also come to Canada along with the principal applicant.

CRS Requirement

447

Number of ITAs in latest draw

3,664

ITAs issued in 2017

13,408

The first few weeks of 2017 have seen a massive increase in activity within the Express Entry system. Through the latter half of 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) representatives made a number of comments suggesting that 2017 would see a more robust system in which more ITAs are issued. In addition, IRCC added that significant improvements made to the system last November would allow more candidates to be invited to apply based on their human capital, skills, and experience.

Among these improvements were changes made to the number of points awarded for a qualifying job offer. in most cases, candidates with a job offer receive 50 points (though 200 points are available for certain senior managerial positions) — down from 600 points before the changes were introduced.

Arriving at the Canadian border
Arriving at the Canadian border

Individuals who wish to apply for Canadian permanent residence through the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FTSC), or Canadian Experience Class (CEC), are first required to enter the Express Entry pool. Upon entering the pool, they are assigned a CRS score based on factors including civil status information, education, work experience, language ability, and other criteria. Candidates are ranked in the pool according to their CRS score, and IRCC periodically conducts draws to invite the highest-ranking candidates to submit an application.

Candidates in the pool may increase their ranking in a number of ways.

Learn more about increasing CRS score and ranking.

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 February 8, 2017

  • Launch date: January 1, 2015
  • First draw from the pool: January 31, 2015
  • Most recent draw from the pool: February 8, 2017
  • Minimum CRS points required for selection in any one draw: 447 (February 8, 2017)
  • Largest number of invitations to apply issued in any one draw: 3,664 (February 8, 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: 13,408
  • Total number of ITAs issued since system was launched: 78,253

Draws From The Express Entry Pool (Updated)

Express Entry Draws: 2017

Draw # Minimum CRS Score Required Date of Draw # of ITAs Issued
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

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