Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has sent invitation to 2,000 candidates in the Express Entry draw that took place on November 8th. The lowest-ranked candidate who was issued the Invitation to Apply (ITA) scored 458 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
This is the 77th Express Entry draw since the new immigration system was first launched in January, 2015. This has been the 27th draw in this year.
This is the first draw that used the new procedure wherein in case more than one candidate have the same CRS score, the profile of the candidate that was submitted first will be given priority.
This new procedure for picking up candidates and sending ITA was first disclosed by IRCC last June as a possible future strategy. This ensured that all the candidates who have scored 458 CRS points are not invited at the same time.
The federal Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen signed off for two Express Entry draws last week. In this only those candidates were invited to apply who were found eligible as per the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) along with candidates having provincial nomination.
Candidates who obtained provincial nomination under the 'enhanced Express Entry-aligned' Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) were given an additional of 600 CRS points and an ITA in the subsequent draw in the pool.
The kind of Express Entry draw that happened last week, being Program-specific, are an exception rather than the norm.
In those draws, a total of 795 candidates were invited to apply by IRCC, a factor that may have resulted in comparatively less number of candidates being invited in November 8th, 2017 draw.
Due to this reason, that have been an increase in the CRS cut-off threshold.