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CRS Requirement Continues to Fall in Third Express Entry Draw of 2017


Jonathan Arias - 25 January, 2017

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The latest Express Entry draw has continued two trends that have marked the recent history of the federal Canadian immigration selection system: the draws keep growing in size, and the number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required in order for a candidate to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) continues to decrease. The latest draw, which took place the morning of January 25, issued ITAs to 3,508 candidates with 453 or more CRS points.

The last time the CRS score requirement was lower than this was in October, 2015. Moreover, the January 25 draw was the largest of all time.

Candidates who receive an ITA are now in a position to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Accompanying family members, including spouses or common-law partners, as well as dependent children, may also come to Canada along with the principal applicant.

CRS Requirement

453

Number of ITAs in latest draw

3,508

ITAs issued in 2017

9,744

Broadly speaking, there are two main contributing factors to the recent decrease in the CRS requirement. First, the number of ITAs issued has gone up considerably. Indeed, more ITAs have been issued in January, 2017, than in any other month since Express Entry was first introduced more than two years ago.

Second, CICNews.com recently reported that 'Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) predicted that the improvements made to the system last November would allow more candidates to be invited to apply based on their human capital, skills, and experience. For instance, there are now far fewer points available for a qualifying job offer; in most cases, candidates with a job offer receive 50 points (though 200 points are available for certain senior managerial positions) — down from 600 points before the changes were introduced.'

Individuals who wish to apply for Canadian permanent residence through the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FTSC), or Canadian Experience Class (CEC), are first required to enter the Express Entry pool. Upon entering the pool, they are assigned a CRS score based on factors including civil status information, education, work experience, language ability, and other criteria. Candidates are ranked in the pool according to their CRS score, and IRCC periodically conducts draws to invite the highest-ranking candidates to submit an application.

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.

Express Entry quick facts, from January 1, 2015 to January 25, 2017

  • Launch date: January 1, 2015
  • First draw from the pool: January 31, 2015
  • Most recent draw from the pool: January 25, 2017
  • Minimum CRS points required for selection in any one draw: 450 (September 18, 2015 & October 2, 2015)
  • Largest number of invitations to apply issued in any one draw: 3,508 (January 25, 2017)
  • Fewest invitations to apply issued in any one draw: 559 (November 30, 2016. Note: This draw invited candidates with a provincial nomination only.)
  • Largest decrease in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 273 (from May 22, 2015 to June 12, 2015 draws)
  • Smallest decrease in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 0 (on three occasions)
  • Largest increase in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 316 (from November 16, 2016 to November 30. Note: The latter draw invited candidates with a provincial nomination only.)
  • Smallest increase in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 0 (on three occasions)
  • Longest gap between two consecutive draws: 35 days (from April 17, 2015 to May 22, 2015 draws)
  • Shortest gap between two consecutive draws: 6 days (from December 16 to December 22, 2016)
  • Total number of ITAs issued in 2015: 31,063
  • Total number of ITAs issued in 2016: 33,782
  • Total number of ITAs issued in 2017: 9,744
  • Total number of ITAs issued since system was launched: 74,589

Draws From The Express Entry Pool (Updated)

Express Entry Draws: 2017

Draw #Minimum CRS Score RequiredDate of Draw# of ITAs Issued
53453January 25, 20173,508
52459January 11, 20173,334
51468January 4. 20172,902

Express Entry Draws: 2016

Draw #Minimum CRS Score RequiredDate of Draw# of ITAs Issued
50475December 22, 20162,878
49497December 16, 20161,936
48786 (*Provincial Nominee Programs only)November 30, 2016559
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


Express Entry Draws: 2015

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


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