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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February 8, 2017 - Federal immigration authorities conducted the 4th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and 54th overall, inviting 3664 candidates for permanent residence, the largest to-date. The lowest CRS score was 447, continuing a steady decline from previous draws.
January 25, 2017 - Federal immigration authorities conducted the 3rd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and 53rd overall, inviting 3508 candidates for permanent residence, the largest to-date. The lowest CRS score was 453, a continuing trend of decline from previous draws.
Settlement funds required for new immigrants coming to Canada under two federal programs have increased for 2017. As a result of the increases, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada has urged those affected candidates in the Express Entry Pool to update their profiles.
The Federal government plans to enact regulatory changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Full details will be announced when the federal government delivers its budget, expected in late February or early March.
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