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Fourth Express Entry Draw: Increase In Invitations Issued, Decrease In Points Required

Posted on March  09 , 2015

A busy month in Canadian immigration news was completed on the evening of February 27, when Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) issued 1,187 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates in the Express Entry pool with 735 or moreComprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

This, the fourth Express Entry draw, followed just one week after the third draw, which took place on February 20 and selected 849 candidates eligible under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) with at least 808 CRS points. Apart from the third draw, draws from the Express Entry pool have selected candidates eligible for any of the federal economic immigration programs, including theFederal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), as well as the CEC.

The overall trend across the early stages of the Express Entry immigration selection system remains positive for candidates who have not yet received an invitation to apply for permanent residence. Each successive draw has seen the number of invitations to apply issued remain stable or increase, while the minimum CRS points required by candidates in order to receive such an invitation has decreased on each occasion. The sharpest decrease occurred between the third and fourth Express Entry draws, with the minimum CRS points required moving from 808 to 735 points — a decrease of 73 points.

Moreover, three draws took place in the month of February, showing an increase in the number of draws made from the Express Entry pool compared to the previous month.

Due to the fact that the minimum number of CRS points required across the four Express Entry draws that have taken place so far is 735, it follows that every candidate who has received an invitation to apply has obtained either a qualifying job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment from a Canadian employer or anomination from a Canadian province.

Source:  CIC News