A landmark moment in the history of the Express Entry selection system for Canadian immigration took place on September 18, when Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 450 and above. This is the lowest CRS points requirement so far this year.
A total of 1,545 candidates in the pool received ITAs, the largest number of invitations issued in any single draw for more than two months. These candidates are now in a position to submit an application for permanent residence, with processing times of six months or less.
While a number of candidates who received an ITA did so without obtaining a qualifying job offer or enhanced provincial nomination certificate, many other candidates have taken advantage of one of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) that have offered an Express Entry stream so far this year. Moreover, many candidates for Canadian immigration through Express Entry have spent time networking and making contact with Canadian employers in their field, leading to them receiving qualifying job offers.
If a candidate in the pool obtains a qualifying job offer or an enhanced provincial nomination certificate, he or she is awarded 600 CRS points and will receive an ITA at a subsequent draw from the pool.
It was announced recently that Nova Scotia has been given an increased allocation for its Express Entry streams. PNPs are a dynamic and constantly evolving set of immigration programs, and candidates are encouraged to remain updated on them regularly.
Source: CIC News