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Biggest-Ever Express Entry Draw sees 1,804 ITAs Issued, CRS Score Requirement Decreases to 475


the CanadaVisa Team - 19 October, 2016

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The Express Entry draw on October 19 — the second draw in eight days — saw a record number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to candidates in Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry pool. The previous record for the number of ITAs issued in a single draw was 1,637, on March 27, 2015. Moreover, this is only the second time in 2016 that two draws have happened within the space of a week.

Candidates who have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 475 or more as of October 19 received an ITA. This represents a significant decrease in the points requirement, as it is the lowest minimum CRS score for any draw in the last six months.

IRCC conducts periodic draws for candidates in the Express Entry Pool, during which ITAs are issued to the highest-ranking candidates in the pool. After receiving an ITA, a candidate has 60 days to submit an application for permanent residence to the federal government. The government aims to process complete submitted applications within six months. Principal applicants may also include their accompanying spouse or common-law partner, and any dependent children, on their application.

Invitations Rising, Points Decreasing

The government of Canada has frequently voiced its intention to increase immigration levels and ease the pathway to permanent residence. The draws of September and October seem to have made these intentions manifest, as the last four draws have all seen an increase in the number of ITAs issued. So far in 2016, 23,092 ITAs have been issued to candidates in the Express Entry pool.  

Express Entry quick facts, from January 1, 2015 to October 19, 2016

 

Draws From The Express Entry Pool (Updated)

Express Entry Draws: 2016

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

Express Entry Draws: 2015

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

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