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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence to 750 candidates in the Express Entry pool. The latest draw from the pool, and the 41st in total since the selection system was launched in January, 2015, took place on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Candidates with 538 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points were issued an ITA.

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.

This draw marks an increase in the CRS point requirement in order for candidates to receive an ITA, compared with the previous draw, in which candidates with 490 or more CRS points received an ITA. However, the CRS cut-off point has fluctuated in the past; it went up to 534 in May of this year, but came down again thereafter.

Canada's Minister of Immigration, John McCallum, has mused publicly that the Express Entry system — which was introduced by the previous Conservative government — is in line for modifications that are expected to benefit many candidates already in the pool. In addition, McCallum has recently stated that he wishes to increase the overall number of immigrants to Canada over the coming years. These proposals are expected to be outlined in detail in the near future.

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 August 24, 2016

  • Launch date: January 1, 2015
  • First draw from the pool: January 31, 2015
  • Most recent draw from the pool: August 24, 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: 18,292
  • Total number of ITAs issued since system was launched: 49,355

Draws From The Express Entry Pool (Updated)

Express Entry Draws: 2016

Draw #Minimum CRS Score RequiredDate 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

Express Entry Draws: 2015

Draw #Minimum CRS Score RequiredDate 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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