the CanadaVisa Team - 13 April, 2017
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has broken two of its own records in its most recent Express Entry draw, which took place on April 12, 2017. This draw saw more Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to candidates in the Express Entry pool than any other single draw since the Express Entry system was introduced in January, 2015. Moreover, the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score a candidate needed in order receive an ITA dropped to 423, the lowest yet required.
Candidates who received an ITA in this 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 April 12 draw, including scenarios of how candidates received an ITA, please refer to this article on CICNews.com.
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.
For more information on draws from the Express Entry pool that have taken place so far, consult this table.
|Draw #||Minimum CRS Score Required||Date of Draw||# of ITAs Issued|
|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|