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2,427 Candidates Invited to Apply for Express Entry Immigration to Canada in Largest Ever Draw

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November 16 draw may be the final draw before improvements to Express Entry come into effect on November 19

The number of candidates being invited to apply for immigration to Canada through Express Entry has shot up yet again, with 2,427 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) having been issued to candidates with 470 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points in a draw that took place on November 16, 2016.

This draw, the 47th in total since Express Entry was first launched, is likely to be the last draw to be made before significant changes are made to the way in which candidates are awarded points under the CRS. These changes, outlined below, will come into effect on Saturday, November 19.

Readers should note that the November 16 draw selected candidates under the existing points system, and not the points system that will be used as of November 19.

Draws are larger than ever

Over the past couple of months, the number of ITAs issued in Express Entry draws has increased substantially. As recently as the August 24 draw, only 750 candidates were issued an ITA and the CRS cut-off point was 538. Since that time, the number of ITAs issued has gone up six times in a row, and the CRS cut-off point has dropped to its current level of 470. The most recent Express Entry draws represent the largest upturn in the number of ITAs issued since the system was first introduced in January, 2015.

A chart of the ITAs issued in fall 2016

Big changes coming on November 19

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) describes the changes to be brought in this week as improvements to the Express Entry system.

The way in which points are awarded for a qualifying job offer will be changed. Importantly, job offers will no longer be worth 600 CRS points. Instead, a job offer may be worth 200 points (if the offer is in an occupation contained in a Major Group 00 of the National Occupational Classification) or 50 points (for all other job offers in a skilled occupation).

In addition, some non-LMIA-based job offers will also be awarded points for the first time. The new regulations will also allow the following individuals to be awarded points for a qualifying job offer:

In both above cases, the candidate must have been working in Canada for at least one year and the job offer must be made by the same employer named on the work permit. A full list may be reviewed in the table below.

Is your current work permit acceptable to get points for a job offer through Express Entry?

The table below shows which foreign workers in Canada may be able to obtain points for a job offer.

Post-Graduation Work Permits
Intra-Company Transfer
International Experience Canada (IEC)
Labour Market Impact Assessment-based Work Permits
Work Permits issued to Spouses/Common-Law Partners of foreign workers and international students in Canada
Canada-Provincial/Territorial issued Work Permits
All other Open Work Permits
Other Work Permits issued under the significant benefit to Canada initiative

Other changes include the awarding of points — for the first time — for international graduates who studied in Canada. These candidates will be able to obtain up to 30 points for their Canadian education, in addition to the points they would already receive for the level of education. That is to say, the points for Canadian education are in in addition to, not instead of, the points awarded for level of education generally.

A third change due to be implemented on November 19 is that an ITA will be valid for 90 days. Until now, candidates who receive an ITA have had only 60 days to submit a complete application. (Note: candidates who received an ITA in the November 16 draw will have 60 days to submit an application, as the changes are due to be implemented as of November 19.)

To learn more about the upcoming changes to Express Entry, read our previously published article.

A positive move from IRCC

“Many candidates in the pool were hopeful that there would be another draw before the changes to Express Entry are implemented. This was particularly the case for those candidates who had received qualifying job offers and updated their profiles accordingly. It is only fair that IRCC allowed these candidates to receive an ITA based on the current regulations,” says Attorney David Cohen.

“As for candidates who remain in the pool, as well as individuals thinking of creating a profile in the near future — the future looks bright. Not only does the government of Canada plan on welcoming more newcomers through Express Entry in 2017, but the system due to come into force on November 19 may be more equitable and promote the human capital factors of candidates, relative to the strength of a job offer under the CRS.”

To find out if you are eligible for immigration to Canada, including through the federal economic programs that are processed under Express Entry, please fill out a free online assessment today.

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136 thoughts on “2,427 Candidates Invited to Apply for Express Entry Immigration to Canada in Largest Ever Draw

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    Anthmercy Olivai

    This is mercy, i am nursing graduate with four years of experience ; i have enough IELTS score also , what i should do to get into canada for a job .

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    Amandeep SIngh

    Hello Saurav!

    You scored well in IELTS. If you are having a work experience of minimum 3 years; Yes you can get the PR for Canada. If you want to increase your points then re-appear in the IELTS exam. As the minimum CRS is floating above 450, you need to find someone who would help you in getting a Job offer or try any other option to increase your CRS.
    Good Luck

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    Amandeep SIngh

    Hi Nikita!

    You should go for IELTS exam and score minimum of 6 bands in each module and apply for student visa for higher studies. As you are graduating so I don’t think you might be having any work experience which would help you apply for Permanent Residency. So , Study visa is the best option for you. Good Luck!

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    Amandeep SIngh

    I just want to confirm that Is there any difference in the express entry draws . I mean the draws occur according to the categories like for example : there was a round for PNP candidates. SImilarly, Is there any different draw for those candidates who have received the job offer or the candidates get the ITA in the regular draws? Please reply if you got my point. thanks

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    Nikita Nayak

    Hi…my name Nikita Nayak and I’m graduating in bba. I’m like to work in Canada plz reply what can I do…..

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