31st May 2017, The latest Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada has seen candidates with 413 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence, making this the lowest ever CRS cut-off point for candidates under the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Most Express Entry candidates are eligible under one of these programs.
A total of 3,877 candidates received an ITA in the May 31 draw, the 65th in total since Express Entry was first introduced in January, 2015.
Five days earlier, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited a further 543 candidates in two draws that took place simultaneously. In these draws, the 63rdand 64th, respectively, candidates under the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) with at least 199 CRS points were invited to apply, as were candidates with a provincial nomination who had at least 775 CRS points.
This means that three different draws, with three different CRS cut-off points and three different program requirements, have taken place in just five days — and the CRS cut-off threshold has decreased across all programs.
With further improvements to the system scheduled to come into force next week, this all makes the current period arguably the most exciting in the history of Express Entry so far.
The dynamic nature of the system, together with the fact that it is now the main driver of economic immigration to Canada, means that an increasing number of individuals and families around the world see Express Entry as their pathway to Canada.