previously reported that, since
Express Entry began on January 1, 2015, Citizenship and
Immigration Canada ("CIC") had issued two rounds of
Invitations to Apply ("ITAs"). An ITA allows a foreign
national to submit their application for permanent residence under
one of the following categories:
The Federal Skilled Worker ("FSW") Class;
The Canadian Experience Class ("CEC");
The Federal Skilled Trades ("FST") Class; or
Members of the Provincial Nominee Class who fall within the
Express Entry Stream of a Provincial Nominee Program
Express Entry applicants were selected to receive an ITA based
on how many points they were assigned under the Comprehensive
Ranking System ("CRS").
Since my previous report, CIC has now issued two additional
rounds of ITAs, bringing the total to four since Express Entry
commenced. A summary of all four Express Entry rounds to date
In Round #1 (January 31, 2015), CIC issued 779 ITAs. Applicants
in this round were required to receive at least 886 CRS
In Round #2 (February 7, 2015), CIC issued 779 ITAs. Applicants
in this round were required to receive at least 818 CRS
In Round #3 (February 20, 2015), CIC issued 849 ITAs.
Applicants in this round were required to receive at least 808 CRS
In Round #4 (February 27, 2015), CIC issued 1187 ITAs.
Applicants in this round were required to receive at least 735 CRS
It would appear as though CIC is slowing increasing the number
of ITAs that it issues in each round. It is also lowering the
minimum CRS score that applies in each round.
This is definitely a step in the right direction. However, the
total number of ITAs being issued is still relatively small, given
the fact that Express Entry applies to all cases filed under the
FSW, CEC, FST, and Express Entry Stream. Also, even with a minimum
score of 735 CRS points, an applicant cannot receive an ITA unless
he or she either: (1) has arranged employment, or (2) has a
nomination certificate issued under the Express Entry stream of a
Hopefully, future rounds will allow for a greater number of ITAs
and a minimum score below 600 CRS points.
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October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
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