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Fifteenth Express Entry Draw for Canadian Immigration: CRS Points Required Drops to 456


the CanadaVisa Team - 21 August, 2015

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The fifteenth draw for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry selection system has been performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on August 21, 2015. A total of 1,523 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 456 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

This draw from the Express Entry pool marks a significant decrease in the CRS points required in order for candidates to receive an Invitation to Apply, with the requirement for the previous (fourteenth) draw having been 471.

Furthermore, this marks the sixth 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 sixth draw in a row in which more than 1,400 candidates were selected.

The recent trends in Express Entry have also seen draws being performed more regularly than earlier in the year. This is likely to continue, with CIC having recently stated in a mid-year Express Entry report that ‘Future rounds from the Express Entry pool will become the main source of applications to meet annual Canadian immigration levels targets.’ Click here to read more about that report.

In addition, an increasing number of Canadian provinces having introduced Express Entry streams as part of their Provincial Nominee Programs, with candidates in the Express Entry pool are seeing an increasing number of options and opportunities for obtaining the all-important Invitation to Apply. 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 weeks and months. These enhanced Provincial Nominee Program immigration streams have all been covered in-depth by CICnews.com in recent weeks:

If a candidate in the pool obtains a qaulifying job offer or an enhanced provincial nomination certifate, he or she is awarded 600 CRS points and will receive an invitation to apply at a subsequent draw from the pool. Many candidates invited to apply this time around had applied for an received such a nomination from a Canadian province.

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 August 21 (All dates are for 2015)

Draws From The Express Entry Pool (Updated)

Date when Invitations To Apply Were IssuedNumber of Invitations Issued
Minimum CRS Points Required
Program Specified
First Express Entry Draw
January 31, 2015
779
886
All Programs
Second Express Entry Draw
February 7, 2015
779
818
All Programs
Third Express Entry Draw
February 20, 2015
849
808
Canadian Experience Class
Fourth Express Entry Draw
February 27, 2015
1,187
735
All Programs
Fifth Express Entry Draw
March 20, 2015
1,620
481
All Programs
Sixth Express Entry Draw
March 27, 2015
1,637
453
All Programs
Seventh Express Entry Draw
April 10, 2015
925
469
All Programs
Eighth Express Entry Draw
April 17, 2015
715
453
All Programs
Ninth Express Entry Draw
May 22, 2015
1,361
755
All Programs
Tenth Express Entry Draw
June 12, 2015
1,501
482
All Programs
Eleventh Express Entry Draw
June 27, 2015
1,575
469
All Programs
Twelfth Express Entry Draw
July 10, 2015
1,516
463
All Programs
Thirteenth Express Entry Draw
July 17, 2015
1,581
451
All Programs
Fourteenth Express Entry Draw
August 7, 2015
1,402
471
All Programs
Ffifteenth Express Entry Draw
August 21, 2015
1,523
456
All Programs
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