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2017 sees steep rise in number of ITAs sent through Express Entry

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In the year 2017, Canada sent a total of 86,023 invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Permanent Residence through the three categories of Express Entry. This is way high than the number of invitations sent in the previous year. In 2016, the total number of invitations sent was 33,782 and in 2015, the number was 31,063. In short, the year 2017 witnessed a steep rise in the number of PR invitations sent through Express Entry.
The year 2017 also saw the minimum CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) scores required to be selected in the Express Entry draw coming down. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) selects applicants from the Express Entry pool to send Invitations to Apply (ITAs) based on the CRS score. CRS score is calculated on the basis of a number of criteria including work experience, language proficiency and education qualifications.

The lowest CRS score required for Express Entry draw in 2016 was 453. In 2017, the minimum CRS scores ranged between 430 and 440 most of the time. The year 2017 also saw the minimum required CRS scores coming down to as low as 413 and 415. In program-specific draws, IRCC invited a few Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) candidates with CRS scores as low as 199.
The candidates from the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) and Canadian Experience Class (CSC) saw invitations being sent those with CRS scores as low as 413 in the Express Entry draw held in May. It was a record low CRS threshold. Before 2017, the record low CRS score threshold was 450.
The number of immigrants who will enter Canada through the Express Entry system is expected to grow further in the next three years.

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