October 19, 2016 - Sharp increase in ITAs issued in Express Entry, CRS score drops to 475

In today's draw, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 1804 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to candidates in the Express Entry system. This is a sharp increase in invitations since the last round, when IRCC issued 1518 invitations to candidates.  

The minimum required Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score also dropped significantly to 475. Those candidates with a score of 475 or higher received an ITA. In the last draw on October 12, 2016, the minimum required CRS score was 484.  

The Express Entry system was created to manage applications for individuals seeking to immigrate under the economic immigration programs, specifically, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Prospective skilled immigrants must complete an online Express Entry profile, where they are assigned points based on various factors including work experience, language ability and education. According to IRCC, these factors assess an individual's ability to be successful in Canada. Candidates who are able to secure a valid job offer based on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), or a provincial nomination, are awarded an additional 600 points. 

The Express Entry system then selects skilled workers with the highest rank in the Express Entry pool with regular rounds of candidate invitations. Those candidates selected are provided with an ITA, after which candidates must submit a permanent residence application to IRCC within 60 days.

For more information, or for assistance with the preparation of your Express Entry profile or application for permanent residence, get in touch with us here.