Launched over two years ago in January 2015, the Express Entry system is the flagship immigration program for Canada. The latest draw held on 04 January 2017 the Express Entry program through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 2,902 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent immigration to Canada, making it the largest draw ever witnessed.
In this latest draw, the candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 468 or above were issued with an ITA. Since April 20, 2016, this is the first time that the minimum CRS score has dropped below 470. November’s improvements made to certain Express Entry and CRS criteria has meant that the number of ITAs will continue to rise and the CRS score will continue to decrease.
Candidates who received an ITA in the January 4 draw will now be able to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence to the IRCC.
The individuals who wish to apply for Canadian permanent residence through the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), or Canadian Experience Class (CEC) are first required to enter the Express Entry pool. Once they have entered the pool, candidates are allocated a CRS score according to factors such as education, civil status information, work experience, language ability, and various other criteria. As a result, candidates are ranked in the pool based on their CRS score and in its regularly conducted draws, the IRCC seeks to invite the highest ranking individuals to submit an application.
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