Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has performed the sixteenth, and latest, draw from the Express Entry pool on September 8, 2015, issuing 1,517 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to candidates in the pool with 459 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.
The fact that the draw took place on a Tuesday surprised many candidates who received the good news of having received an ITA. These candidates are now in a position to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence. Every previous draw since the Express Entry system was launched in January, 2015 had taken place on a Friday.
The sixteenth Express Entry draw was the seventh in succession in which a number of candidates without a qualifying job offer or an enhanced provincial nomination certificate were selected. It is also the seventh draw in a row in which more than 1,400 candidates were selected.
How are people getting invitations to apply?
(The following scenarios are hypothetical and do not represent real people who have received an Invitation to Apply. They are representative of how people may have improved their CRS score and ranking within the pool over recent weeks and months.)
Express Entry quick facts, from January 1 to September 9 (All dates are for 2015)
Important information for all candidates and applicants
Once an Invitation to Apply has been issued to a candidate, he or she has 60 days to file a complete application with all supporting documents; no extensions will be granted. Candidates who have been issued an invitation to apply are encouraged to submit their complete applications in good time to avoid missing their opportunity, while those who have not yet been selected from the Express Entry pool are encouraged to gather documents in advance.
Moreover, it is important that the information provided and documents submitted are completely accurate in order to avoid being penalised for misrepresentation. Penalties for misrepresentation may include a five-year ban on applying to immigrate to, or even visit, Canada.
Express Entry is not an immigration program in itself, but rather a system used by CIC to select candidates for immigration to Canada using the following economic immigration programs:
To find out if you are eligible for any of over 60 Canadian immigration programs, including the federal economic programs that are processed under Express Entry, please fill out a free online assessment today.
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