A new landmark has been reached in the short history of the Express Entry immigration selection system, with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) issuing Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as low as 450. The seventeenth draw from the Express Entry pool took place on September 18, 2015, with 1,545 candidates in the pool receiving ITAs.
These candidates are now in a position to submit an application for permanent residence, with processing times of six months or less.
This draw from the Express Entry pool marks the eighth draw in succession in which a number of candidates without a qualifying job offer or an enhanced provincial nomination certificate were selected. It is also the eighth draw in a row in which more than 1,400 candidates were selected.
Moreover, with an increasing number of Canadian provinces having introduced Express Entry streams as part of their Provincial Nominee Programs, candidates in the Express Entry pool have been able to take advantage of opportunities for increasing their ranking and obtaining the all-important ITA. The provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan, as well as the Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, have all introduced such streams in recent months. In addition, it was announced earlier this week that Nova Scotia has been given an increased allocation for the Express Entry streams of its Nova Scotia Nominee Program.
If a candidate in the pool obtains a qualifying job offer or an enhanced provincial nomination certificate, he or she is awarded 600 CRS points and will receive an invitation to apply at a subsequent draw from the pool.
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.
Express Entry quick facts, from January 1 to September 18 (All dates are for 2015)
- Launch date: January 1
- First draw from the pool: January 31
- Most recent draw from the pool: September 18
- Minimum CRS points required for selection in any one draw: 450 (September 18)
- Largest number of invitations to apply issued in any one draw: 1,637 (March 27)
- Fewest invitations to apply issued in any one draw: 715
- Largest decrease in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 273 (from May 22 to June 12 draws)
- Smallest decrease in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 6 (from June 27 to July 10 draws)
- Largest increase in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 302 (from April 17 to May 22 draws)
- Smallest increase in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 3 (from August 21 to September 8 draws)
- Longest gap between two consecutive draws: 35 days (from April 17 to May 22 draws)
- Shortest gap between two consecutive draws: 7 days (on five occasions)
- Total number of invitations to apply issued: 22,012
Draws From The Express Entry Pool (Updated)
|Date when Invitations To Apply Were Issued||Number of Invitations Issued||Minimum CRS Points Required||Program Specified|
|First Express Entry Draw||January 31, 2015||779||886||All Programs|
|Second Express Entry Draw||February 7, 2015||779||818||All Programs|
|Third Express Entry Draw||February 20, 2015||849||808||Canadian Experience Class|
|Fourth Express Entry Draw||February 27, 2015||1,187||735||All Programs|
|Fifth Express Entry Draw||March 20, 2015||1,620||481||All Programs|
|Sixth Express Entry Draw||March 27, 2015||1,637||453||All Programs|
|Seventh Express Entry Draw||April 10, 2015||925||469||All Programs|
|Eighth Express Entry Draw||April 17, 2015||715||453||All Programs|
|Ninth Express Entry Draw||May 22, 2015||1,361||755||All Programs|
|Tenth Express Entry Draw||June 12, 2015||1,501||482||All Programs|
|Eleventh Express Entry Draw||June 27, 2015||1,575||469||All Programs|
|Twelfth Express Entry Draw||July 10, 2015||1,516||463||All Programs|
|Thirteenth Express Entry Draw||July 17, 2015||1,581||451||All Programs|
|Fourteenth Express Entry Draw||August 7, 2015||1,402||471||All Programs|
|Fifteenth Express Entry Draw||August 21, 2015||1,523||456||All Programs|
|Sixteenth Express Entry Draw||September 8, 2015||1,517||459||All Programs|
|Seventeenth Express Entry Draw||September 18, 2015||1,545||450||All Programs|