November 16, 2016 - Largest draw ever for Express Entry before new changes come into effect

Today, the number of candidates invited for permanent residence via an Invitation to Apply, or ITA, was 2427. This is the most ITAs ever issued since the creation of the Express Entry system by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The qualifying score also decreased to 470. The last draw on November 2, 2016 resulted in an invitation to 2080 candidates in the Express Entry Pool, for a score of 472 points.

This is the last Express Entry draw before the new changes and point distribution system come into force on November 19, 2016.

Some of the changes to the Express Entry System include as follows:

  • individuals with a Canadian post-secondary education may be eligible for additional points;
  • Qualifying offers of arranged employment will be expanded to include some foreign nationals on LMIA-exempt work permits, if they have at least one year of employment in a skilled position;
  • A reduction in points from 600 points to either 200 points or 50 points for individuals who have a LMIA. Those in an executive level position with a NOC 00 will be issued 200 points, and whereas LMIAs issued to those in other skilled positions will be issued 50 points;
  • More time to submit the application for permanent residence after the ITA is issued. Those invited will receive 90 days to submit their application, rather than 60 days originally provided.

For a more detailed breakdown of these new changes, click here

If you have any questions about how these changes will impact your eligibility under the Express Entry system, contact us today.