November 1, 2017 – For the second time in 2017, Canadian Immigration authorities have conducted two Canada Express Entry draws simultaneously, aimed specifically at Provincial Nominee Program and Federal Skilled Trade Program candidates.
The 25th and 26th rounds of invitations in 2017 and the 75th and 76th overall saw a total of 795 applicants issued with Invitations to Apply for permanent residence.
The 75th draw saw 290 invites issued under Provincial Nominee Programs, with a lowest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 673.
The 76th draw saw 505 invites issued under the Federal Skilled Trades Program, with a lowest CRS score of 241.
By aiming a second draw of 2017 specifically at the Federal Skilled Trades Program, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has opened a pathway to permanent residence for dozens of candidates who would previously have had no chance.
Meanwhile, Provincial Nominee Program candidates are the highest scoring candidates in the Express Entry Pool, thanks to the 600 points awarded for a provincial nomination.
It was the 24th draw in 2017 under the Express Entry System where the lowest CRS score was well below 500. These was the 10th and 11th draws since immigration authorities substantially modified the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System on June 6, 2017. The latest draw factors in all applications in the pool who received additional points under the recent changes.
Express Entry is an immigration system implemented by Canadian immigration authorities (IRCC) on January 1, 2015 which manages skilled worker applications under Federal Economic programs. This includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Skilled Trades Program the Canada Experience Class and certain parts of the Provincial Nominee Programs.
Stakeholders expect to see near 30 draws and up to 70,000 invitations issued in 2017, with majority of draws featuring CRS scores well below 450 to enable Canadian immigration authorities to meet targeted annual immigration levels for 2017.
What This Means For Employers
Employers are encouraged to consider securing an LMIA or nomination under provincial nomination programs (PNP’s) to ensure long term retention of employees.
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What This Means For Candidates
It is expected that the majority of applicants to be issued (ITA’s) under Canada’s Express Entry Immigration system in 2017 will require a CRS score well under 450 points, enabling a significant number of applicants to receive permanent admission to Canada without a job offer or nomination under a provincial immigration program. However, securing an approved offer of employment is highly recommended. Watch our Facebook livestream video on how to find jobs in Canada from overseas.
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