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CIC Makes 18th Express Entry Draw for Canadian Immigration

the CanadaVisa Team - 02 October, 2015


Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has issued 1,530 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in the eighteenth draw from the Express Entry pool, which took place today, October 2. Candidates in the pool with 450 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points are being invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence, with processing times of six months or less.

This draw from the Express Entry pool marks the ninth draw in succession in which a number of candidates without a qualifying job offer or an enhanced provincial nomination certificate were selected. It is also the ninth draw in a row in which more than 1,400 candidates were selected.

The previous Express Entry draw, which took place on September 18, marked a landmark moment in the short history of the Express Entry selection system for Canadian immigration, as it was the first occasion where the CRS requirement had dipped to 450.

The latest draw keeps the CRS requirement at 450. Consequently, each candidate who receives an ITA as a result of this draw has either entered the Express Entry pool at some stage over the past two weeks or increased his or her CRS score in that time. With an increasing number of Canadian provinces having introduced Express Entry streams as part of their Provincial Nominee Programs, candidates in the Express Entry pool have been able to take advantage of opportunities for increasing their ranking and obtaining the all-important ITA. The provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan, as well as the Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, have all introduced such streams in recent months. In addition, it was announced earlier this month that Nova Scotia has been given an increased allocation for the Express Entry streams of its Nova Scotia Nominee Program.

If a candidate in the pool obtains a qualifying job offer or an enhanced provincial nomination certificate, he or she is awarded 600 CRS points and will receive an invitation to apply at a subsequent draw from the pool.

Express Entry

Eligible candidates may submit a profile into the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked according to the CRS. The government of Canada selects the top-ranked candidates on a priority basis when it performs one of its frequent draws from the pool. Candidates who are issued an invitation to apply 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. A number of early applicants have had their applications processed in under half that time.

Click here for more information on draws from the Express Entry pool that have taken place so far.

Express Entry quick facts, from January 1 to October 2 (All dates are for 2015)

Draws From The Express Entry Pool (Updated)

Date when Invitations To Apply Were IssuedNumber of Invitations IssuedMinimum CRS Points RequiredProgram Specified
First Express Entry DrawJanuary 31, 2015779886All Programs
Second Express Entry DrawFebruary 7, 2015779818All Programs
Third Express Entry DrawFebruary 20, 2015849808Canadian Experience Class
Fourth Express Entry DrawFebruary 27, 20151,187735All Programs
Fifth Express Entry DrawMarch 20, 20151,620481All Programs
Sixth Express Entry DrawMarch 27, 20151,637453All Programs
Seventh Express Entry DrawApril 10, 2015925469All Programs
Eighth Express Entry DrawApril 17, 2015715453All Programs
Ninth Express Entry DrawMay 22, 20151,361755All Programs
Tenth Express Entry DrawJune 12, 20151,501482All Programs
Eleventh Express Entry DrawJune 27, 20151,575469All Programs
Twelfth Express Entry DrawJuly 10, 20151,516463All Programs
Thirteenth Express Entry DrawJuly 17, 20151,581451All Programs
Fourteenth Express Entry DrawAugust 7, 20151,402471All Programs
Fifteenth Express Entry DrawAugust 21, 20151,523456All Programs
Sixteenth Express Entry DrawSeptember 8, 20151,517459All Programs
Seventeenth Express Entry DrawSeptember 18, 20151,545450All Programs
Eighteenth Express Entry DrawOctober 2, 20151,530450All Programs