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Significant Decrease in CRS Point Requirement in 25th Express Entry Draw for Immigration to Canada

the CanadaVisa Team - 13 January, 2016


The latest draw from the Express Entry pool, and the 25th since the immigration selection system was launched just over a year ago, took place on January 13, 2016. This draw sees a decrease in the number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required by candidates for Canadian immigration in order to receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.

A total of 1,518 ITAs were issued to candidates with 453 or more CRS points, representing a decrease of eight points from the previous (24th) draw. Indeed, the latest CRS “cut-off” mark is the lowest of any draw over the past three months. The lowest of any draw so far is 450, which was most recently applied on October 2, 2015.

A positive start to a new year under a new government

Since the Canadian federal election took place on October 19, 2015, a total of seven Express Entry draws have taken place. Each of these draws has selected a portion of candidates who do not have a qualifying job offer in Canada or a nomination from a Canadian province. Moreover, the CRS point requirement since the first of these most recent seven draws has decreased from 489 to 453.

This latest draw is also the second to take place within the first two weeks of 2016. In contrast, the first draw of 2015 took place on January 31.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly known as Citizenship and Immigration Canada, or CIC) recently stated that 2016 would see more regular draws from the pool, with an increase in the number of candidates issued ITAs in each draw.

“The number of invitations issued per round is expected to increase as the pre-Express Entry inventory of applications is finalised. In turn, it is expected that the minimum score of those that are invited to apply will drop,” stated an IRCC Policy Analyst during a webinar hosted by IRCC on December 16, 2015,

The Policy Analyst added that "we expect that in the new year when our rounds start growing — to meet our new levels plan — that the score will reduce."

From 461 to 453: A small but significant difference

While a decrease of eight points between two draws may appear negligible on first glance, the difference between 461 and 453 is in many cases quite profound.

The CRS awards points based on a range of factors, including a candidate’s age, level of education, work experience (both in Canada and international), language proficiency, and whether the candidate has a qualifying job offer or provincial nomination certificate. Candidates may also be awarded points for certain combinations of what are called “skills transferability” factors, as well as the core human capital credentials of a spouse or common-law partner, if applicable. If a candidate does not have a job offer or provincial nomination, he or she may be invited to apply based on points awarded for core human capital and skills transferability alone.

The decrease from 461 to 453 allows certain candidates, who may not have been awarded a bounty of points for one factor, to compensate for this through strong credentials in other areas. This circumstance is likely to become more apparent if and when IRCC continues to increase the regularity of the draws while also increasing the number of candidates selected.

Express Entry

Express Entry is Canada's immigration management system for the federal economic immigration programs, namely: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, and the Canadian Experience Class. Express Entry came into operation on January 1, 2015.

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.

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 January 13, 2016

  • Launch date: January 1, 2015
  • First draw from the pool: January 31, 2015
  • Most recent draw from the pool: January 13, 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 (from September 18, 2015 to October 2, 2015 draws)
  • 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 (from September 18, 2015 to October 2, 2015 draws)
  • 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 invitations to apply issued: 34,044

Draws From The Express Entry Pool (Updated)

Date when Invitations To Apply Were IssuedNumber of Invitations IssuedMinimum CRS Points RequiredProgram Specified
1st Express Entry DrawJanuary 31, 2015779886All Programs
2nd Express Entry DrawFebruary 7, 2015779818All Programs
3rd Express Entry DrawFebruary 20, 2015849808Canadian Experience Class
4th Express Entry DrawFebruary 27, 20151,187735All Programs
5th Express Entry DrawMarch 20, 20151,620481All Programs
6th Express Entry DrawMarch 27, 20151,637453All Programs
7th Express Entry DrawApril 10, 2015925469All Programs
8th Express Entry DrawApril 17, 2015715453All Programs
9th Express Entry DrawMay 22, 20151,361755All Programs
10th Express Entry DrawJune 12, 20151,501482All Programs
11th Express Entry DrawJune 27, 20151,575469All Programs
12th Express Entry DrawJuly 10, 20151,516463All Programs
13th Express Entry DrawJuly 17, 20151,581451All Programs
14th Express Entry DrawAugust 7, 20151,402471All Programs
15th Express Entry DrawAugust 21, 20151,523456All Programs
16th Express Entry DrawSeptember 8, 20151,517459All Programs
17th Express Entry DrawSeptember 18, 20151,545450All Programs
18th Express Entry DrawOctober 2, 20151,530450All Programs
19th Express Entry DrawOctober 23, 20151,502489All Programs
20th Express Entry DrawNovember 13, 20151,506484All Programs
21st Express Entry DrawNovember 27, 20151,559472All Programs
22nd Express Entry DrawDecember 4, 20151,451461All Programs
23rd Express Entry DrawDecember 18, 20151,503460All Programs
24th Express Entry DrawJanuary 6, 20161,463461All Programs
25th Express Entry DrawJanuary 13, 20161,518453All Programs
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