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Canada invited 3 times higher number of People for Canadian PR Visa in the First Half of 2017

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 25, Jul 2017

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If you are amazed while gazing the title, it is astonishing but true. Yes, Canada has invited more than three times higher Candidates. This is the kind of year; it has been for Canada Immigration, Express Entry System, and of course for the applicants of Canadian PR, registered in the Express entry.

Exceptional Rise in Number of Invitations by IRCC in 2017

The year 2017 has been extraordinary so far in terms of number of people invited by IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) for Canada PR. It is just under 4 times the number of people invited in the year 2015 and the year 2016. See the comparison below.

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Canada PR Invitations Issued in First Half of 2015, 2016 & 2017

In the year 2015, IRCC invited 12,928 people to apply for Canadian PR Visa, whereas, in the year 2016, it sent invitation to 15,286 people till the month of June. However, this year, i.e. 2017, IRCC broke all the past records and invited staggering 51,305 candidates to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency (PR).

Year 2017- a Year of New Express Entry Records

This year, a total of 16th draws of the express entry system have been launched till June 28th June, 2017 and most of these draws have registered new records in terms of highest ever number of invitations for Canada PR and lowest ever qualifying marks or CRS score requirement from IRCC. In fact, in the 15th express entry draw launched on May 31, 2017, the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) requirement from IRCC went down to as low as 413 points.

Number of Invites in the First half of the year 2015, 2016, 2017


It was an unprecedented thing to happen as the CRS score never went down below 450 Mark, since the induction of federal express entry system.

Factors that affected hike in number of Canada PR invitations

There various factors that played a key role in this incredible rise in the number of Canada PR invitations from IRCC.
  • Express Entry Changes
First thing that influenced the express entry draw results was the numerous improvements or changes made to EE express entry system CRS and other eligibility requirements. Such changes ensured that more and more people with low CRS score get the Canada PR even without the employment offer.
  • Provincial Nominations
The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) also selected large number of candidates for provincial nomination, as a result increased number of People got provincial nomination resulting in the ITA (Invitation to Apply) for Canada PR from IRCC.
  • Lenient Immigration Policies

Canadian government has also been lenient on the immigration and immigrants in last couple of years. The result of the soft immigration policies of the government reflected in terms of low qualifying marks and key changes in the immigration rules and requirements.

Also Read- 14 Canadian PR Visas Granted in June & July 2017- A Remarkable Achievement by Visas Avenue Team

What there in the future for Canada Immigrants Applicants with Low CRS score?

Well, the things look positive from here for the Canada PR applicants as well as the aspirants looking to apply for Canadian permanent residency through Express entry or other Provincial Nominee Programs. Looking at the policy of IRCC inviting over 3,000 applicants vide every single draw of express entry in 2017, its the best time to apply for Canada PR.

Hence, if you are one of the aspirants of Canadian PR visa, you must coordinate with a trusted Canadian Immigration Consultant to prepare your immigration file fast and apply in the most relevant Canada immigration program.


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.

He has been creating the Immigration Content, i.e. Blogs, Articles, social media, videos, etc. for more than 5 years now.


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