October 4th Express Entry draw invited a total of 2,801 candidates to apply for permanent residency of Canada with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The cut-off for the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points stood at 438.
Candidates in the pool who had scored 438 or more CRS points were issued the Invitation to Apply (ITA) for this Express Entry draw.
Candidates who have been invited have a time period of 90 days to submit their completed application form, along with the supporting documents. It is expected that IRCC will process these application within the next six months.
The Canadian authority has met this timeline in the past majority of the cases.
The October 4th Express Entry draw has been the 23rd one to have taken place in this year. It has happened as we enter the final quarter of 2017. A total of 72,221 ITAs have been issued so far this year.
This number is much more than the ITAs that were issued in the past 2 years since it was first introduced in January 2017. In the first 23 draws of 2016 a total of 25,982 ITAs were issued which is less than half of what has been issued in this year till now.
There has been a slight increase in the CRS cut-off threshold in this Express Entry draw as compared to the previous draw which was held on September 20th. It should be noted here that this threshold is still lower than the lowest threshold of 2016.
Aspiring immigrants who want to settle permanently in Canada need to enter the Express Entry pool and obtain a CRS score. They are required to be eligible in one of the economic immigration programs:
- The Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)
- The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or
- The Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC)
The lowest ever CRS threshold was 413 on the May 13 Express Entry draw.
Some new changes were introduced by IRCC soon after this draw. According to this change, candidates who have a sibling in Canada will receive 15 more points. Candidates who have proven proficiency in French will be given 15 or 30 additional points.