December 16th 2016 — Canadian Immigration authorities conducted the 26th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 49th overall, inviting 1936 applicants for permanent residence, under all programs. The lowest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 497, a major decrease from previous the draws.
It was the 24th draw in 2016 under the Express Entry System where the lowest CRS score was below 500.
It was the second draw since immigration authorities substantially modified the express entry comprehensive ranking system. The previous draw covered only provincial programs whereas this draw applied to all programs.
Express Entry is an immigration system implemented by Canadian immigration authorities («CIC») 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 Program.
Stakeholders expect to see one more draw this year, with CRS scores well below 500 to enable Canadian immigration authorities to meet targeted annual immigration levels for 2016.
Read our 2015 Express Entry Year-End report, here.
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 2016 will require a CRS scores under 500 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.
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