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Biggest Ever Express Entry Draw sees 2,427 Individuals Invited to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residence

the CanadaVisa Team - 16 November, 2016

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A greater number of Invitations to Apply (ITA) have been issued than ever before in Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) latest draw from the Express Entry pool. A total of 2,427 ITAs were issued to candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 470 or higher. Consequently, for the third draw in a row, the number of ITAs issued is higher than any previous draw since the Express Entry system was introduced in 2015. The minimum CRS score required has also decreased for the third draw in a row.

Individuals who received an ITA in the draw of November 16, 2016, are now in a position to submit an application for permanent resident status to the government of Canada. Candidates have 60 days from the receipt of an ITA in which to submit an application, which IRCC aims to process within six months.

Following the announcement, on November 10, 2016, of upcoming changes to the CRS, it is likely that this is the last draw from the Express Entry pool under the current CRS.

Changes to CRS as of November 19, 2016

As IRCC often conducts draws every two weeks — the shortest time between two draws was seven days, on seven occasions — it is unlikely that another draw will be conducted before the changes come into force on November 19. For a detailed report of the upcoming changes to the CRS and the allocation of points, consult the comprehensive analysis on CICNews.com.

To find out your CRS score under the revised system as of November 19, 2016, try the CanadaVisa CRS Calculator.

Express Entry

Express Entry is the system used by IRCC to select candidates for immigration to Canada through the federal economic immigration programs. Candidates who wish to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class are required to do so through Express Entry.

Eligible candidates create a profile which is submitted to the Express Entry pool. Upon entering the pool, candidates are assigned a CRS score which determines their ranking in the pool. The highest-ranking candidates are issued an ITA in IRCC’s periodic draws.

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.

Chart showing ITAs issued in Fall 2016

Express Entry quick facts, from January 1, 2015 to November 16, 2016

Express Entry Draws: 2016

Draw #Minimum CRS Score RequiredDate of Draw# of ITAs Issued
47470November 16, 20162,427
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


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