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Express Entry program for Canada

The government of Canada opened doors for immigrants when it introduced the Express Entry system in January 2015. Now, it has opened up its arms to welcome immigrants as it further plans to make immigration simpler.

Rules have been molded to make it simpler for candidates applying for Canada permanent residency under the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class will see major changes in regulations.

The significant changes that have taken place in job offers include:

  • A qualifying job offer if contained in Major Group 00 of the National Occupational Classification will be worth 200 points.
  • Any other qualifying job offer of arranged employment is now worth 50 points.
  • As per new changes, 15-30 points will be awarded to students having acquired higher education in Canada.

Anyone who is accepted into the Express Entry pool could get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Only the candidates who fall in the top bracket will get this ITA. The draws will be conducted every month. If the candidate has been invited to apply, the candidate will have 60 days to submit a complete Application for Permanent Residence online.

To sum up, once the online application is received it goes through the following steps:

Step 1- Candidates create an Express Entry profile identifying their skills and qualifications in an online resume. The profile is then ranked against other applicants based on various factors that indicate that the candidate will be an asset to the Canadian workforce.

Step 2- Those applicants that do not have a Canadian job offer from an employer will need to register themselves at the Canada Job Bank site or other private websites like

Step 3- Assessment of every profile in the Job Bank is done to judge who could meet the criteria of a federal economic program and then upgraded with other entries in the Express Entry pool.

Step 4- If an application is selected, the applicant will be issued an Invitation to Apply to which he/she needs to respond within 60 days’ time to qualify for permanent residence.

After the candidate has received an Invitation To Apply and has applied for Permanent Residency, the applicant will get the Permanent Residency Visa within 6 months.


Details of Express Entry Draws conducted so far:

Draws Draw Date CRS Cut Off ITAs Issued
1st 31st Jan 2015 886 779
2nd 7th Feb 2015 818 779
3rd 20th Feb 2015 808 849
4th 27th Feb 2015 735 1187
5th 20th Mar 2015 481 1620
6th 27th Mar 2015 453 1637
7th 11th Apr 2015 469 925
8th 17th Apr 2015 453 715
 9th     22 May 2014 755 1361
10th   17 June 2015  482 1501
11th 26 June 2015 469 1575
12th 10 July 2015 463 1516
13th 17th July 2015 451 1581
14th 7th August 2015 471 1402
15th 21st August 2015 456 1,523
16th 8th September 2015 459 1,517
17th 18th September 2015 450 1,545
18th 2nd October 2015 450 1,530
19th 23rd October 2015 489 1,502
20th 13th November 2015 484 1,506
21st 27th November 2015 472 1,559
22nd 4th December 2015 461 1,451
23rd 18th December 2015 460 1,503
24th 6th January 2016 461 1,463
25th 13th January 2016 453 1518
26th 24th January 2016 457 1468
27th 10th February 2016 459 1505
28th 24th February 2016 453 1484
29th 9th March 2016 473 1013
30th 23rd March 2016 470 1014
31st 6th April 2016 470 954
32nd 20th April 2016 468 1,018
33rd 6th May 2016 534 799
34th 18th May 2016 484 763
35th 1st June 2016 483 762
36th 15th June 2016 488 752
37th 29th June 2016 482 773
38th 13th July 2016 482 747
39th 27th July 2016 488 755
40th 10th August 2016 490 754
41st 24th August 2016 538 750
42nd 7th September 2016 491 1,000
43rd 21st September 2016 483 1,288
44th 12th October 2016 484 1,518
45th 19th October 2016 475 1,804
46th 2nd November 2016 472 2,080
47th 16th November 2016 470 2,427
48th 30th November 2016 786 559
49th 16th December 2016 497 1,936
50th 22nd December 2016 475 2,878
51st 4th January 2017 468 2,902
52nd 11th January 2017 459 3,334
53rd 25th January 2017 453 3,508
54th 8th February 2017 447 3,664
55th 22nd February 2017 441 3,611
56th 1st March 2017 434 3,884
57th 24th March 2017 441 3,749
58th 5th April 2017 431 3,753
59th 12th April 2017 423 3,923
60th 19th April 2017 415 3,665
61th 4th May 2017 423 3,796
62nd 17th May 2017 415 3,687
63rd, 64th 26th May 2017 199 (FSTC Candidates) 775 (Provincial Nominee) 400 (FSTC Candidates) 143 (Provincial Nominee)
65th 31st May 2017 413 3877
66th 28th June 2017 449 3,409
67th 12th July 2017 440 3,202
68th 2nd August 2017 441 3,264
69th 9th August 2017 433 2,991
70th 23rd August 2017 434 3,035
71st 6th September 2017 435 2,772
72nd 20th September 2017 433 2,871
73rd 4th October 2017 438 2,801
74th  18th October 2017 436 2,757
75th, 76th 1st November 2017 673, 241 290, 505
77th 8th November 2017 458 2,000
78th 15th November 2017 439 2,750
79th 6th Decembre 2017 452 2,750
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