The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required by candidates in Canada’s Express Entry immigration selection system to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) continues to decrease. On February 22, a total of 3,611 candidates with 441 or more CRS points received an ITA. This is comfortably the lowest points threshold of any draw since Express Entry was first launched more than two years ago.
The February 22 Express Entry draw is the latest in a succession of draws that have seen the CRS requirement continually decrease, from 497 just over two months ago to just 441 today. Indeed, this is the first draw in which candidates who are educated up to Bachelor’s Degree level only, and who have no work experience in Canada and no additional points for a provincial nomination, a job offer, or previous study in Canada, could theoretically be invited to apply based on their other factors alone, assuming that they have only taken a language test in one language.
Candidates who receive an ITA are now in a position to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Accompanying family members, including spouses or common-law partners, as well as dependent children, may also come to Canada along with the principal applicant.
CRS Requirement -441
Number of ITAs in the latest draw- 3,611
ITAs issued in 2017 -17,019
Individuals who wish to apply for Canadian permanent residence through the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FTSC), or Canadian Experience Class (CEC), are first required to enter the Express Entry pool. Upon entering the pool, they are assigned a CRS score based on factors including civil status information, education, work experience, language ability, and other criteria. Candidates are ranked in the pool according to their CRS score, and IRCC periodically conducts draws to invite the highest-ranking candidates to submit an application.