+1 (514) 937-9445 or Toll-free (Canada & US) +1 (888) 947-9445  | Home About Forum News Client Portal Contact
Campbell Cohen immigration law firm Canada Immigration Lawyers

May 17 Express Entry Draw sees Joint-Lowest Minimum CRS Requirement at 415


the CanadaVisa Team - 17 May, 2017

Conversation canada
Conversation canada

The latest Express Entry draw, which took place on May 17, 2017, saw Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent resident status issued to 3,687 candidates in the Express Entry pool with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 415 or above. This is the second time the minimum CRS requirement has dropped to 415, the lowest minimum requirement yet since the system was introduced in January, 2015.

So far in 2017, 43,456 ITAs have been issued — more than the total number of ITAs issued during the year of 2016. Candidates who received an ITA in the May 17 draw are now in a position to submit an application for Canadian permanent resident status to the federal government. Accompanying family members, including spouses or common-law partners, as well as dependent children, may also come to Canada along with the principal applicant. IRCC aims to process complete submitted applications within six months.

The opening months of 2017 have witnessed a series of decreasing CRS requirements and increasing numbers of ITAs issued. This followed predictions made by IRCC towards the end of 2016 that changes to the Express Entry system and the CRS would result in a greater number of ITAs being issued, and consequently a drop in the CRS score requirement.

For an in-depth analysis of the May 17 draw, including scenarios of how candidates received an ITA, please refer to this article on CICNews.com.

 

CRS Requirement in latest draw

 415

Number of ITAs in latest draw

 3,687

ITAs issued in 2017

 43,456

In order to be in a position to receive an ITA in an Express Entry draw, individuals are first required to meet the eligibility criteria of one of the three immigration programs managed through the Express Entry system — the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FTSC), or Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Upon entering the pool, candidates are assigned a CRS score based on factors including civil status information, education, work experience, language ability, and other criteria. This score determines their ranking in the pool. During periodic draws, IRCC issues ITAs to the highest-ranking candidates. Those candidates who receive an ITA  may submit an application for Canadian permanent resident status.

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 May 17, 2017

  • Launch date: January 1, 2015
  • First draw from the pool: January 31, 2015
  • Most recent draw from the pool: May 17, 2017
  • Minimum CRS points required for selection in any one draw: 415 (April 19 and May 17, 2017)
  • Largest number of invitations to apply issued in any one draw: 3,923 (April 12, 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: 43,456
  • Total number of ITAs issued since system was launched: 108,301

Draws From The Express Entry Pool (Updated)

Express Entry Draws: 2017

Draw #Minimum CRS Score RequiredDate of Draw# of ITAs Issued
62415May 17, 20173,687
61423May 4, 20173,769
60415April 19, 20173,665
59423April 12, 20173,923
58431April 5, 20173,753
57441March 24, 20173,749
56434March 1, 20173,884
55441February 22, 20173,611
54447February 8, 20173,664
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


To learn more about your Canadian immigration options through the programs managed under Express Entry, as well as through other currently available programs, please fill out a free online assessment today.

Immigrate Work Study Settle Provincial Nominee Program Studyimmigrate