In today's draw, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 3334 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to candidates in the Express Entry system, to those assigned a Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) of 459 points or more. This is the largest draw to date, since the implementation of the Express Entry program in January 2015.
In the last draw, on January 4, 2017, 2902 invitations were given to candidates with a score of 468.
Overall, there is a trend of increasing invitations for each draw. Draw numbers are significantly higher than numbers of ITAs in mid-2016.
The number of ITAs have also been increasing since IRCC's changes to the CRS point distribution system which came into force on November 19, 2016. These changes made some candidates more competitive by awarding points for Canadian education, expanding the definition of a qualifying job offer, and decreasing points awarded for qualifying job offers.
Some of the changes to the Express Entry System, which came into force on November 19, 2016, included 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.
To date, no changes have been announced regarding points awarded for provincial nominations. Those with provincial nominations will still be awarded 600 additional points.
For more information regarding this draw, or to discuss your eligibility to apply for permanent residence, contact us today.