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18th Express Entry Draw of 2017 is finally launched by IRCC to Invite 3,264 Candidates

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 03, Aug 2017

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After a long wait, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) finally launched the 18th draw of federal express entry immigration system on August 2, 2017. The draw will select the candidates achieving the CRS score requirement and subsequently, issue the ITA (Invitation to Apply) for Canadian Permanent residency to such eligible candidates. Lets take a look at key statistics of the 18t EE draw.

Key Statistics of 18th Express Entry Draw of this year

  • The draw is open- The draw is open from August2, 2017, and ending on August3, 2017
  • Qualifying Marks- The qualifying marks or cut off score announced for the draw is 441 CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) points or more
  • Number of Invitations- The IRCC will issue 3,264 Invitations for Canada PR during the current draw.

Now, lets find out more about some key aspects and analysis of the current EE draw.

Click here to view the complete list of Express Entry Draws till date

Analysis of 18th EE Draw

The IRCC kept the applicants waiting for almost 20 days to launch its 18th draw. Usually, IRCC follows a cycle of 15 days (a fortnight) between two express entry draws. Last draw of express entry was launched on 12th July 2017, and it remained the only EE draw launched in the month of July 17. The applicants registered in the express entry system were eagerly waiting for one more EE draw in July, however, it wasnt to be. Now the 18th EE draw launching in first week of August 2017 might have given big relief to the selected applicants waiting for their ITAs since long.

New IRCC Pattern of Single Express Entry Draw in a month

The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada has started this new pattern of launching the only EE draw in a month. This pattern started from month of June this year, when IRCC launched only one draw (June 28) in the month. The trend continued in July as well as the single draw launched in July as well.

It will be interesting to see how IRCC goes about their task of launching periodic EE draws in the month of August 2017. The EE draw launched very early in the month this time around, so keeping the applicants on hold throughout the whole month seems unlikely from IRCC.

What you must do as Canada immigration applicant?

Well, if you aspire to get Canadian PR visa but not applied in express entry, first thing you need to do is register in express entry system after gathering essential documents. Express Entry registration is free.

Moreover, if you are already registered but didnt receive ITA for a long, explore alternate Canada immigration programs to find PR in Canada. If you seek advice, assistance or support of certified immigration expert at Visas Avenue- a leading Canadian Visa Consultancy firm in India. You may send your immigration associated queries and details to


Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

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