January 7, 2016 – Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
has invited 1,463 Express Entry candidates to apply for Permanent
Residence in Canada. The lowest qualifying score was 461
Express Entry uses a comprehensive scoring system to rank
prospective immigrants to Canada. Candidates are awarded up to 600
points based on a variety of factors meant to assess their ability
to succeed in Canada, including age, language skill, education and
work experience. An additional 600 points are awarded for holding a
valid job offer supported by a positive Labour Market Impact
In recent draws, Canada has consistently issued roughly 1,500
invitations to apply. Minimum scores have ranged between 460 and
484 in the past five draws. This first round of invitations
in 2016 continues this trend, with the qualifying score well below
the 600 point benchmark. It is anticipated that the total number of
applicants invited to apply will rise in 2016 as Express Entry
becomes the principal source of immigration applicants to
The Government of Canada has announced its intention to rectify
certain structural problems that made it difficult for
international graduates and certain LMIA-exempt foreign nationals
already in Canada to be invited through the system. It remains to
be seen how these issues will be rectified.
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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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