Minimum CRS points requirement, ITA issuance slid on latest Express Entry draw

Minimum CRS points requirement, ITA issuance slid on latest Express Entry draw
The latest Express Entry draw held last Wednesday, May 17, 2017, saw both the Invitation to Apply (ITA) issuance and minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points requirement sliding down from previous draw results. Only 3,687 applicants received an ITA from the federal government, a decrease of 2.9 percent from May 4 draw results wherein 3,796 were issued. The minimum CRS points requirement jumped back to its lowest level since April 19 at 415 points.
As of January 4, 2017, a total of 43,456 ITAs has been issued, surpassing the total number of ITAs issued in 2016. All Express Entry draws held in 2017:
1.    January 4 - 468 pts (2,902 ITAs issued)
2.    January 11 – 459 pts (3,334)
3.    January 25 – 453 pts (3,508)
4.    February 8 – 447 pts (3,664)
5.    February 22 – 441 pts (3,611)
6.    March 1– 434 pts (3,884)
7.    March 24 - 441 pts (3,749)
8.    April 5 - 431 pts (3,753)
9.    April 12 - 423 points (3,923)
10.  April 19 – 415 pts (3,665)
11. May 4 – 423 pts (3,796)
12. May 17 – 415 pts (3,687) - 62th Express Entry draw since 2015 and 12th for 2017.    
The trend shows that the Express entry route has become more accessible to foreign citizens wishing to work and permanently live in the country. It is also expected to continue in the draws to come, especially after the government announced that there would be more changes to the Express Entry program for this year, three of which are to be implemented on June 6, 2017.
Talk to one of our ICCRC-Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants to find out more about the Federal Express Entry program. Check our free online assessment to determine your eligibility for any visa category in the Express Entry Program or how these upcoming changes may impact your application. 

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