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CRS Point Requirement Dips in Latest Express Entry Draw for Immigration to Canada

the CanadaVisa Team - 20 April, 2016

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The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required in order for candidates in the Express Entry pool to be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence has dropped in the latest draw from the Express Entry pool, which was conducted the morning of April 20, 2016. A total of 1,018 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) were issued to candidates with 468 or more CRS points, representing a slight decrease from the two previous draws, both of which selected candidates with 470 or more CRS points.

Candidates who have been issued an ITA are now in a position to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence. Accompanying family members, including spouses or common-law partners as well as dependent children, may also come to Canada along with the principal applicant.

The latest edition of the Canada Immigration Newsletter revealed that, since Express Entry was launched in January, 2015, an increasing proportion of invited candidates were residing outside Canada. Every draw since May of last year has selected a portion of candidates who do not have a qualifying job offer in Canada or a nomination from a Canadian province.

Express Entry

Express Entry is Canada's immigration management system for the federal economic immigration programs, namely: Federal Skilled WorkerFederal Skilled Trades, and the Canadian Experience Class. The system was first launched on January 1, 2015.

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 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.

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 April 20, 2016

Express Entry Draws: 2016

 Date when Invitations To Apply Were IssuedNumber of Invitations IssuedMinimum CRS Points RequiredProgram Specified
24th Express Entry DrawJanuary 6, 20161,463461All Programs
25th Express Entry DrawJanuary 13, 20161,518453All Programs
26th Express Entry DrawJanuary 28, 20161,468457All Programs
27th Express Entry DrawFebruary 10, 20161,505459All Programs
28th Express Entry DrawFebruary 24, 20161,484453All Programs
29th Express Entry DrawMarch 9, 20161,013473All Programs
30th Express Entry DrawMarch 23, 20161,014470All Programs
31st Express Entry DrawApril 6, 2016954470All Programs
32nd Express Entry DrawApril 20, 20161,018468All Programs

Express Entry Draws: 2015

 Date when Invitations To Apply Were IssuedNumber of Invitations IssuedMinimum CRS Points RequiredProgram Specified
1st Express Entry DrawJanuary 31, 2015779886All Programs
2nd Express Entry DrawFebruary 7, 2015779818All Programs
3rd Express Entry DrawFebruary 20, 2015849808Canadian Experience Class
4th Express Entry DrawFebruary 27, 20151,187735All Programs
5th Express Entry DrawMarch 20, 20151,620481All Programs
6th Express Entry DrawMarch 27, 20151,637453All Programs
7th Express Entry DrawApril 10, 2015925469All Programs
8th Express Entry DrawApril 17, 2015715453All Programs
9th Express Entry DrawMay 22, 20151,361755All Programs
10th Express Entry DrawJune 12, 20151,501482All Programs
11th Express Entry DrawJune 27, 20151,575469All Programs
12th Express Entry DrawJuly 10, 20151,516463All Programs
13th Express Entry DrawJuly 17, 20151,581451All Programs
14th Express Entry DrawAugust 7, 20151,402471All Programs
15th Express Entry DrawAugust 21, 20151,523456All Programs
16th Express Entry DrawSeptember 8, 20151,517459All Programs
17th Express Entry DrawSeptember 18, 20151,545450All Programs
18th Express Entry DrawOctober 2, 20151,530450All Programs
19th Express Entry DrawOctober 23, 20151,502489All Programs
20th Express Entry DrawNovember 13, 20151,506484All Programs
21st Express Entry DrawNovember 27, 20151,559472All Programs
22nd Express Entry DrawDecember 4, 20151,451461All Programs
23rd Express Entry DrawDecember 18, 20151,503460All Programs
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