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IRCC invites 3,000 candidates in new Express Entry draw

07-February-2018
Canadian immigration authorities have conducted the largest Express Entry draw since introducing a new format, with 3,000 candidates issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence under all programs. The lowest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 442, two points lower than the previous draw. The draw was the 3rd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2018 and 83rd overall.
 
calgary-alberta-canadaUnder the new format, immigration authorities can now set an exact number of invitations to be issued. Where the number of candidates with the lowest score surpasses the number of invitations permitted, authorities will implement a tie-breaking mechanism to issue invitations based on a time-stamp-determined, first come, first served basis.
 
Thus, if more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles. Previously, the highest number of candidates invited since the change was 2,750.
 
For the latest draw, the first 3,000 profiles in the pool were eligible for an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The cut-off score was 442.

Why This Change?

The new format allows immigration officials greater control to implement a more fine-tuned method for choosing an exact number of candidates to be issued an ITA. The previous system did not allow this.
 
Despite the latest change, the latest draw continued the trend under the Express Entry System where the lowest CRS score was well below 500. It was the 16th draw since immigration authorities substantially modified the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System on June 6, 2017.
 
Express Entry is an immigration system implemented by Canadian immigration authorities (IRCC) on January 1, 2015 which manages skilled worker applications under Federal Economic programs. This includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Skilled Trades Program the Canada Experience Class and parts of the Provincial Nomination Programs.
 
Stakeholders expect to see near 30 draws and up to 70,000 invitations issued in 2018, with a majority of draws featuring CRS scores below 450 to enable Canadian immigration authorities to meet targeted annual immigration levels for 2018.

Planning for Canadian immigration under Express Entry System?

You may get in touch with Canadian Center for Immigration Services for further details and guidance regarding Express Entry System. Alternatively, you can fill the free assessment form on our website so that our representative will contact you with all required information and key advice with regards to your Immigration Procedure and Visa Category.
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