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2,080 Candidates Invited to Apply for Express Entry Immigration to Canada in Largest Ever Draw


the CanadaVisa Team - 02 November, 2016

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The largest Express Entry draw of all time has taken place, with 2,080 candidates in the pool receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence on November 2, 2016. This is the first time in which the number of ITAs issued in any one draw has surpassed the two thousand mark, and draw sizes are now nearly three times what they were through the summer months. Moreover, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off mark continues to go down; the latest draw required candidates to have 472 or more CRS points in order to receive an ITA.

Individuals who received an ITA in the November 2 draw may now submit an application for permanent residence to the federal government. After receiving an ITA, recipients have 60 days to submit an application. The government aims to process complete submitted applications within six months. Principal applicants may also include their accompanying spouse or common-law partner, as well as any dependent children, on their application.

The latest positive Express Entry news follows two days after the government of Canada released its 2017 Immigration Plan. This plan outlines the government's strategy to bring in more economic immigrants next year, particularly through the immigration programs that are managed through Express Entry, namely the Canada Federal Skilled Class, the Canada Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Canadian Experience Class.

In an a detailed article published earlier this week that provided further details of this plan, CICNews.com states that: 'Together, up to 75,300 new immigrants will land in Canada through one of these programs in 2017. This includes applicants who applied prior to the launch of Express Entry and whose applications remain in the inventory of applications that have not yet been processed to completion. Last year, the government set an upper target range of 59,000 for these programs. Moreover, the inventory of applications submitted before 2015 was larger at that time. Consequently, the number of people to be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through Express Entry in 2017 is expected to go up considerably.'

The charts below show the results of recent Express Entry draws.

Chart showing ITAs issued in Fall 2016
Chart showing decreasing CRS scores through Fall 2016

Express Entry

Express Entry is not an immigration program, rather, it is the system Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses to select candidates for immigration to Canada through the federal economic immigration programs.

Eligible candidates may submit a profile into the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked according to the CRS. Top-ranked candidates are selected from the pool on a priority basis during frequent draws. Candidates who are issued an ITA for permanent residence then have 60 days to submit a complete e-application, from which point the government of Canada aims to process the application within six months.

There are a number of ways in which candidates in the pool may increase their CRS score — and therefore improve their ranking in the pool. To learn more about increasing CRS score and ranking, click here.

For more information on draws from the Express Entry pool that have taken place so far, click here.

Express Entry quick facts, from January 1, 2015 to November 2, 2016

Express Entry Draws: 2016

Draw #Minimum CRS Score RequiredDate of Draw# of ITAs Issued
46472November 2, 20162,080
45475October 19, 20161,804
44484October 12, 20161,518
43483September 21, 20161,288
42491September 7, 20161,000
41538August 24, 2016750
40490August 10, 2016754
39488July 27, 2016755
38482July 13, 2016747
37482June 29, 2016773
36488June 15, 2016752
35483June 1, 2016762
34484May 18, 2016763
33534May 6, 2016799
32468April 20, 20161,018
31470April 6, 2016954
30470March 23, 20161,014
29473March 8, 20161,013
28453February 24, 20161,484
27459February 10, 20161,505
26457January 28, 20161,468
25453January 13, 20161,518
24461January 6, 20161,463

Express Entry Draws: 2015

Draw #Minimum CRS Score RequiredDate of Draw# of ITAs Issued
23460December 18, 20151,503
22461December 4, 20151,451
21472November 27, 20151,559
20484November 13, 20151,506
19489October 23, 20151,502
18450October 2, 20151,530
17450September 18, 20151,545
16459September 8, 20151,517
15456August 21, 20151,523
14471August 7, 20151,402
13451July 17, 20151,581
12463July 10, 20151,516
11469June 27, 20151,575
10482June 12, 20151,501
9755May 22, 20151,361
8453April 17, 2015715
7469April 10, 2015925
6453March 27, 20151,637
5481March 20, 20151,620
4735February 27, 20151,187
3808February 20, 2015849
2818February 7, 2015779
1886January 31, 2015779

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