First and Second Draw Held for the New Express Entry Program

Posted by Immigration Law Team|Global Immigration
Feb 15

The Express Entry System, which was implemented on January 1, 2015, allows foreign nationals to apply for permanent residence (PR) under certain economic immigration programs. Under the Express Entry system foreign nationals who meet the criteria for at least one of the economic immigration programs will be placed into a pool of candidates and ranked according to a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Applicants are then ranked on the basis of their CRS score and the highest scoring applicants will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for PR. Foreign nationals can earn up to a maximum of 1200 points and those ranked high enough will be invited to apply for Canadian PR. An applicant who receives an ITA will have sixty (60) days to submit an online application for PR under one of the economic PR categories listed before the ITA is revoked. An applicant’s ITA will specify which PR category they have qualified under.

When candidates are selected from the pool, it is referred to as a “draw.” Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will select the highest-ranking candidates from the pool through regular “draws” and invite them via an ITA for PR.

The first draw was made on January 31, 2015 and a total of 779 ITAs for PR were sent out. Foreign nationals who had a total of 886 points or more under the CRS were deemed to be the highest-ranking candidates in the pool and fulfilled the criteria to receive an ITA for PR.

The second draw was made on February 7, 2015 and a total of 779 ITAs for PR were sent out. Foreign nationals, who earned a total of 818 points or more under the CRS were issued ITAs in this second draw. The first two draws sent out 1558 ITAs within a span of 7 days and we anticipate the next draw to yield a similar outcome.

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