September 21, 2016 – Today the Department of Immigration,
Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 1,288 candidates to
apply for Permanent Residence in Canada through Express Entry. This
was a jump of 288 invitations from the last round. The lowest
qualifying score dropped slightly to 483 points from 491 in the
last round. A drop of 8 points has meant a substantial increase in
the number of invitations issued. We remain hopeful that this trend
continues in the fall.
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
Assessment (LMIA) or a provincial or territorial nomination.
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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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