January 14, 2016 – Citizenship and Immigration Canada
(CIC) has invited 1,518 candidates to apply for Permanent Residence
in Canada through Express Entry. The lowest qualifying score for
this round was 453, close to the lowest scores of all draws since
the program was launched in January of 2015. The minimum score has
declined steadily in the last seven draws, from a high of 489 in
In 2015, Canada issued 31,063 invitations to apply through
Express Entry. It is expected that this number will be
significantly higher in 2016 as Express Entry become the principal
source of immigration to Canada. So far in 2016, Canada has issued
2,981 invitations to apply.
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
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January 4, 2017 - Federal immigration authorities conducted the 1st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and 51st overall, inviting 2902 candidates for permanent residence, a record number. The lowest CRS score was 468, a further decline from previous draws.
A new sponsorship form for those wishing to bring parents and grandparents to Canada is now available. Canadian citizens and permanent residents have until February 2, 2017 to submit an online, short form application after which 10,000 candidates will be drawn at random and invited to complete a full application.
From foreign travellers to dual citizens and even Canada's own border agents: It seems everyone could do with clear guidance on exactly who requires an electronic travel authorization (eTA). The holiday period saw frequent cases of people not being able to travel because they sought admission without an eTA.
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