Canada has presented its first gift to aspiring immigrants by undertaking its first Express Entry draw for the year 2017. A total of 2,902 candidates were sent the invitation to apply in the draw that took place on January 4.
The cut for Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) point was at 468. This is the lowest cut off since February last year. The candidates who have been invited have a 90 days window period to submit their completed application along with all the supporting documents.
Once an application has been approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the remaining process of giving permanent residency to the primary applicant along with accompanying family members, usually takes around six months.
This was the 51st draw since the Express Entry system was launched two years back. In the last months of the previous year, there had been an increase in the number of ITA issued, so much so that it was nearly four times during the summer months of 2016.
The steady increase in the size of the draw has taken place at a time when IRCC is in preparation to make some significant changes to the CRS. These changes were implemented from November 19, 2016 and more emphasis was put on experience, skills and human capital.
In recent weeks, profiles of many candidates have become more competitive, particularly due to the reason that qualifying job offers are now given lesser points than what was given previously. The recent changes have not affected the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) category as the candidates are still awarded 600 points in here. This has made PNP as one of the most valuable factor in the new system.
The Requirement of CRS Going Down
It has been noted by keen observers of the Express Entry system that the latest changes may increase the CRS threshold for a short-term, but it will eventually go down.
Some quick positive changes have taken place in the Express Entry system in the last three or four months of 2016. The new system is enabling more people to become permanent resident of Canada than ever before.
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