Latest Express Entry Draw - Largest Draw & CRS Points Requirements Decline Further

Latest Express Entry Draw - Largest Draw & CRS Points Requirements Decline Further

The latest Express Entry draw held on Wednesday, March 1, recorded the lowest minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required for this year, marking a fifth straight draw of decline for the federal nomination scheme. The 3,884 candidates needed only 434 CSR points to qualify for an Invitation to Apply (ITAs) from the federal government.  It was also the highest number of ITA issuance recorded for this year, up 7.5 percent from last draw’s 3,611.
 
Here’s the list of the Express Entry draws held so far in 2017:
  • January 4  - 468 pts (2,902 ITAs issued)
  • January 11 – 459 pts (3,334)
  • January 25 – 453 pts (3,508)
  • February 8 – 447 pts (3,664)
  • February 22 – 441 pts (3,611)
  • March 1– 434 pts (3,884 ITA's issued)
The Government of Canada firmly believes that the country needs the services of high-skilled workers outside the country to rejuvenate the precarious labour market, which is essential in enhancing economic growth that has been sluggish for years. The trend confirms a downward trend in the required points to qualify and a consistent increase in the number of applicants selected to receive an Invitation to Apply. For the government, the fastest way to acquire more skilled workers is to encourage economic applicants to apply for inclusion into the Express Entry system.
 
There have also been efforts in the past months to entice more foreign workers into the provinces, which historically have been the second choice among immigrants who preferred the main cities. Recently, several Express Entry-aligned provincial nominee programs have been highlighted and reopened. This include; Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities stream, Saskatchewan’s International Skilled Worker-Express Entry sub-category, and British Columbia’s skilled worker and graduates schemes.
 
Find out if you qualify for the Federal Express Entry program or speak to one of our ICCRC-Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants to find out the visa options for you.  

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