September 6 Express Entry Draw Invites Candidates With 435 or More CRS Points
Candidates in the Express Entry pool for immigration to Canada with 435 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points were issued an Invitation to Apply(ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in the latest draw from the pool, which took place on September 6.
A total of 2,772 candidates were invited this time around, bringing the total number of ITAs issued so far this year to 66,549, far more than were issued in the whole of last year. More than half of all ITAs issued since Express Entry was first launched in January, 2015 have been issued in 2017.
Invited candidates have 90 days to submit a complete application for permanent residence, including supporting documentation. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to complete the processing of applications within six months.
The CRS cut-off threshold of 435 for the September 6 draw is broadly in line with recent draws, which have tended to have thresholds around the mid-430s. Earlier this summer, and following improvements made to the CRS in early June, the thresholds were slightly higher at 449, 440, and 441, respectively, in the first three draws immediately following those changes.
Although the threshold has not changed much over the three most recent draws, it may be noted that the number of ITAs issued has decreased slightly. If or when IRCC begins to invite more candidates to apply for permanent residence, the threshold may then decrease again. The lowest ever threshold of any draw so far was 413, on May 31, 2017. This was the final draw to take place before the changes to the CRS were implemented in early June.
How to enter the Express Entry pool
Not everyone may enter the Express Entry pool. First, individuals need to be eligible under one of Canada’s federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC).
“Before you can compete with others in the Express Entry pool for a coveted invitation to apply, it is important to get a thorough assessment of your eligibility and your potential options for improvement thereafter,”
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