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The number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to Express Entry candidates for immigration to Canada has increased to 1,000 in the latest draw from the pool, which took place on September 7, 2016. The past nine draws have each seen between 750 and 800 ITAs issued, with only 750 candidates having been invited to apply in the previous draw, which took place exactly two weeks ago. The minimum number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required in order for a candidate to be issued on ITA in the September 7 draw was 491, representing a drop of 47 points since the previous draw.

Until today, the number of ITAs issued in any one draw had not reached the 1,000 mark since April, 2016. The increase on this occasion, though not as substantial as some candidates may have hoped for, may reflect a desire on the part of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to issue more invitations through the fall season in order to reach the annual intake levels set earlier this year for the federal economic immigration programs that receive applications through Express Entry. An IRCC representative made comments earlier this year to that effect, and it is quite possible that we are now seeing the beginning of an increase in the number of ITAs issued per draw. Other things being equal, this should have the corresponding effect of the CRS cut-off point coming down.

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.

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.

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.

Candidates in the pool may increase their CRS score — and therefore their ranking against other candidates — in a number of ways. To learn more about increasing CRS score and ranking, click here.

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 September, 2016

  • Launch date: January 1, 2015
  • First draw from the pool: January 31, 2015
  • Most recent draw from the pool: September, 2016
  • 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: 1,637 (March 27, 2015)
  • Fewest invitations to apply issued in any one draw: 715 (April 17, 2015)
  • 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: 302 (from April 17, 2015 to May 22, 2015 draws)
  • 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: 7 days (on seven occasions)
  • Total number of ITAs issued in 2015: 31,063
  • Total number of ITAs issued in 2016: 19,292
  • Total number of ITAs issued since system was launched: 50,355

Draws From The Express Entry Pool (Updated)

Express Entry Draws: 2016

Draw # Minimum CRS Score Required Date of Draw # of ITAs Issued
24 461 January 6, 2016 1,463
25 453 January 13, 2016 1,518
26 457 January 28, 2016 1,468
27 459 February 10, 2016 1,505
28 453 February 24, 2016 1,484
29 473 March 8, 2016 1,013
30 470 March 23, 2016 1,014
31 470 April 6, 2016 954
32 468 April 20, 2016 1,018
33 534 May 6, 2016 799
34 484 May 18, 2016 763
35 483 June 1, 2016 762
36 488 June 15, 2016 752
37 482 June 29, 2016 773
38 482 July 13, 2016 747
39 488 July 27, 2016 755
40 490 August 10, 2016 754
41 538 August 24, 2016 750
42 491 September 7, 2016 1,000

Express Entry Draws: 2015

Draw # Minimum CRS Score Required Date of Draw # of ITAs Issued
1 886 January 31, 2015 779
2 818 February 7, 2015 779
3 808 February 20, 2015 849
4 735 February 27, 2015 1,187
5 481 March 20, 2015 1,620
6 453 March 27, 2015 1,637
7 469 April 10, 2015 925
8 453 April 17, 2015 715
9 755 May 22, 2015 1,361
10 482 June 12, 2015 1,501
11 469 June 27, 2015 1,575
12 463 July 10, 2015 1,516
13 451 July 17, 2015 1,581
14 471 August 7, 2015 1,402
15 456 August 21, 2015 1,523
16 459 September 8, 2015 1,517
17 450 September 18, 2015 1,545
18 450 October 2, 2015 1,530
19 489 October 23, 2015 1,502
20 484 November 13, 2015 1,506
21 472 November 27, 2015 1,559
22 461 December 4, 2015 1,451
23 460 December 18, 2015 1,503

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