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Landmark Express Entry Draw: Lowest CRS Points Requirement Ever

the CanadaVisa Team - 18 July, 2015

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Express entry 13

The thirteenth draw for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry selection system was performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on July 17, 2015. A total of 1,581 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 451 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

A landmark moment

This draw represents a milestone in the short history of Express Entry for the simple reason that the CRS points requirement has decreased to 451 — thelowest cut-off point yet.

Other recent Express Entry trends have been viewed positively by candidates for Canadian immigration:

A number of candidates issued invitations to apply in this draw had been in the pool for some time; these candidates made efforts to increase their CRSscore and ranking by, for example, re-taking language tests and achieving better scores, or gaining additional work experience.

The CanadaVisa.com Canadian Immigration Forum wasfull of discussion this morning, as candidates who had been working proactively to improve their CRS score received their invitations to apply.

"Woke up to the great news in morning. I've been waiting since March," said one candidate. "Perfect day. Got the ITA with 461. Thank you all for thesupport, it was a long seven months wait," added another.

Other forum users were quick to reveal their thoughts on the latest Express Entry draw and how it affected them personally:

The thirteenth draw may also be seen as a positive development for candidates in the pool who did not receive an invitation to apply this time around, asthe number of CRS points required has been decreasing across the most recent four draws.

With an increasing number of Canadian provinces having introduced Express Entry streams as part of their Provincial Nominee Programs, candidates in theExpress Entry pool are seeing an increasing number of options and opportunities for obtaining the all-important invitation to apply. The provinces ofOntario and Saskatchewan, as well as the Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, have all introduced such streams in recent weeks. Theseenhanced Provincial Nominee Program immigration streams have all been covered in-depth by CICnews.com in recent weeks:

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 thetop-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 forpermanent residence then have 60 days to submit a complete e-application, from which point the government of Canada aims to process the application withinsix 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 July 18 (All dates are for 2015)

Draws From The Express Entry Pool (Updated)

Date when Invitations To Apply Were IssuedNumber of Invitations IssuedMinimum CRS Points RequiredProgram Specified
First Express Entry DrawJanuary 31, 2015779886All Programs
Second Express Entry DrawFebruary 7, 2015779818All Programs
Third Express Entry Draw
February 20, 2015849808Canadian Experience Class
Fourth Express Entry Draw
February 27, 2015
1,187735All Programs
Fifth Express Entry Draw
March 20, 20151,620481All Programs
Sixth Express Entry DrawMarch 27, 20151,637453All Programs
Seventh Express Entry DrawApril 10, 2015925469All Programs
Eighth Express Entry DrawApril 17, 2015715453All Programs
Ninth Express Entry DrawMay 22, 20151,361755All Programs
Tenth Express Entry DrawJune 12, 20151,501482All Programs
Eleventh Express Entry DrawJune 27, 20151,575469All Programs
Twelfth Express Entry DrawJuly 10, 20151,516463All Programs
Thirteenth Express Entry DrawJuly 17, 20151,581451All Programs
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