January 04, 2017 – The first round of invitations under Express Entry for 2017 has been conducted by IRCC. The minimum score for acceptance for the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) was 468 and the number of invitations issued for permanent residence issued were 2,902.
Express Entry is a method of managing applications under a number of existing economic immigration programs including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.
Potential immigrants who meet the criteria for one of these programs are eligible to enter into a pool of candidates and there is no limit to the number of people who may enter the Express Entry pool. With a wide range of candidates with varied skills and experience, the Government of Canada, provincial and territorial governments, and Canadian employers are then able to select people from this pool in order to meet local labour market needs. In turn, the individuals selected from the pool are able to increase their CRS scoring rate thereby enabling them to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence. However, the number of candidates who get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence on a yearly basis will be limited by the Annual Immigration Levels Plan.
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