CRS Requirement Decreases in 2017 First Express Entry Draw

The first draw of 2017 in Express Entry system took place on January 4. A total of 2,902 candidates have been sent the Invitation to Apply (ITA) and the cut off for Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) was at 468.

This is the lowest CRS cut off that has taken place ever since February of last year. The candidates who are being invited will have to submit their completed application form along with supporting documents within 90 days.

After an application is approved by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) it takes around six months for a primary applicant and his family members to become the permanent resident of Canada.

This was the 51st Express Entry draw ever since the program was launched two years back and it has met with positive response. In the last months of 2016, there has been an increase in the number of ITAs that have been issued, to a point where it has four times than what were issued in the summer season of 2016.

This increase has happened during a period when some major changes have been made by IRCC in CRS. These changes were implemented on 19th November, 2016 with the objective to give more weight age to skills, human capital and experience.

In the recent time, the profile of many applicants has become more competitive mainly due to the reason that fewer points are now given to qualifying job offer.

It should be noted here that, even after the latest changes, 600 points are still being awarded to candidates who have Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) certification. This has made PNP one of the most valuable factor in the new system.

According to some industry experts, the latest changes will make the CRS cut off to go up for a short period, before they start to go down.

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