15 June 2016 – IRCC Issues 752 Invitations to Apply in the Thirteenth Express Entry Draw of 2016

The latest draw from the Express Entry pool has seen a total of 752 candidates being issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. The draw was conducted the morning of June 15, 2016 and is the thirteenth to take place so far this year. Each candidate who received an ITA had 488 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

The previous draw, which took place on June 1, required candidates to have 483 points in order to be invited to apply.

The CRS point requirement for this draw is slightly higher than the previous two, but this round of invitations also saw a reduced number of ITAs issued. This factor would have had a significant bearing on the increase in the CRS point requirement.

Express Entry

Express Entry is Canada’s immigration management system for the federal economic immigration programs, namely: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, and the Canadian Experience Class. The system was first launched on January 1, 2015.

Eligible candidates may submit a profile into the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked according to the CRS. The government of Canada selects the top-ranked candidates on a priority basis when it performs one of its frequent draws from the pool. Candidates who are issued an ITA for permanent residence then have 60 days to submit a complete e-application, from which point the government of Canada aims to process the application within six months.