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3rd Express Entry Draw of 2017- Will the fall in Qualifying Marks continue to please applicants?

Posted - 19, Jan 2017

Canada Immigration applicants in Express entry finally have a lot to cheer after a tough time seen in the second half of the year 2016 in terms of high qualifying marks requirement form Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The last draw also signifies the mild stand taken by IRCC in terms of reducing the CRS score requirement to 459 points almost after a year. The year 2016 though had been tough on the candidates most of the time in the year. Let’s take a look.

Requirement of Qualifying Marks in 2016 from IRCC

Year 2016 started well for the applicants, as qualifying mark requirement from IRCC in the first quarter remained around 450-70 marks. However, on May 6, 2016, it rocketed up to 534 points and from that point, it kept higher side only and never went below the 482 points till October, 2016. It was tough on the applicants as very less number of applicants received ITA (invitation to apply) for permanent residency in Canada from IRCC.

The number of invitations in every EE draw remained around 750 only most of the time between May, 2016 and August, 2016. Number of invites gradually started increasing from September, 2016 onwards. Towards the last quarter of 2016, the Express entry draw results gradually began tilting towards the applicants.

List of Express Entry Draws Canada 2015 to 17

New Year 2017 Start off Well- What are the expectations from upcoming draws?

The New Year 2017 began well for the applicants as qualifying marks requirement kept low, i.e. 465 and 459 points in first and second express entry draw respectively. Moreover, both first and second draw invited record number of candidates for Canadian PR. First EE draw this year set a record of 2902 PR invitations from IRCC, and second draw was even larger than the first as it set the new record by inviting highest number of Candidates (3334) for Canadian permanent residency.

The first quarter of 2017 is going to be lenient on applicants, as it was around last year. This year, immigration target for economic immigration is also high compared to last year, so the good start to the year for immigrants is justified. Hence, the qualifying marks are expected to keep low, resulting in higher number of invitations from IRCC. Hence, if you are an express entry applicant, you have got enough reasons to stay positive for upcoming draws.

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If you are a Canadian permanent residency aspirant planning to register in express entry system, you must hurry, as its good time to submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) in the express entry system in view of positive draw results.

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