CIC issues 3,334 ITA to immigration applicants at a record breaking CRS score through Express Entry January 2017 Draw

Express Entry system introduced in 2015 has set a new record of sending Invitations to Apply for permanent residence at the lowest CRS scores in the history of Canada immigration. In a draw made on January 11, 2017 a total of 3,334 applicants have received an ITA at a CRS score of 459 or more. This is the first time; CIC has issued ITA to candidates who passed 3,000 marks.

Candidates who received an ITA are can now submit an application for Canadian permanent residence to IRCC. They can also fill applications for their accompanying family members, including spouses or common-law partners, as well as dependent children.

The increase in draw sizes over the final months of 2016, early 2017 have been remarkable and also unexpected. As per department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada the increase in draw sizes will make express entry the main driver of economic immigration to Canada. We can also expect the draw sizes to be big and possibly the CRS requirement may remain low.

Since the inception of new Express Entry system about 31,063 candidates were issued ITAs in 2015, about 33,782 were introduced ITAs in 2016 and about 6,236 candidates have received an ITA. A whopping total of about 71,081 candidates have received ITAs since Express system was launched.