August 5, 2015 – Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
has released its mid-year report on Express Entry,
Canada's new immigration application management system.
The report (covering the period from program inception to July 6,
2015) provides the first full picture of the Express Entry system,
and includes information on total applicants, total invitations, as
well as a complete breakdown of candidates by score profile.
CIC received profiles from 112,701 potential candidates between
January 1 and July 6, 2015.
A total of 48,723 were not eligible for the pool as they did
not meet the minimum criteria for permanent residence based on the
Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled
Trades or Provincial Nominee Program.
Out of the 12,928 invitations issued for the period covered by
the report, 70% had qualifying scores over 600 points –
meaning those candidates had qualifying job offers supported by a
Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), Labour Market Opinion (LMO)
or Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) Certificate.
The vast majority of candidates (85%) invited to apply through
Express Entry were already in Canada.
Despite issuing 12,928 invitations, only 7,528 completed
applications have been received. Of these completed applications,
only 844 permanent resident visas have been issued, and fewer than
half of these, 411, have landed in Canada as Permanent
There were 41,218 candidates in the Express Entry pool as of
July 6, 2015.
Of the candidates still in the pool on July 6, 2015, 87% were
clustered around the 300-450 comprehensive ranking score (click here for graph). These candidates do not
have LMIA, LMO or PNP nominations and are awaiting CIC to lower
their scores for invitations.
If Citizenship and Immigraiton Canada is to meet its target of
185,000 primary applicants in 2015, it has a very long way to
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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