March 30, 2015 – Citizenship and Immigration Canada has
completed another round of draws from the new Express Entry
pool. The draw, completed on March 28, 2015 resulted in 1,637
Invitations to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residence. The
lowest qualifying score was 453.
Express Entry is Canada's new immigration application
management system. Candidates are awarded points meant to measure a
candidate's ability to succeed in Canada. Up to 600
points are awarded based on a candidate's age, marital status,
language skills, professional experience and education. An
additional 600 points may be awarded if the candidate has a
qualifying job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment
(LMIA) or a Provincial Nomination Certificate (PNC).
Since inception, the program has faced criticism for unfairly
excluding international students and other LMIA-exempt foreign
nationals. This most recent draw is the second in which the
qualifying score has dropped below the 600-point threshold, meaning
some candidates receiving invitations in this round did not have an
LMIA or PNC.
Despite the downward trend in qualifying scores, due to the
uncertainty and lack of transparency in the selection process,
Green and Spiegel continues to advise that employers wishing to
support an employee's application for Permanent Residence
should obtain an LMIA or PNP in order to guarantee selection.
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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.
A unique feature of the new Canada express entry immigration system is that candidates can improve their comprehensive ranking score while in the express entry pool, without submitting a new application. We review important strategies.
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