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What are the Expectations from Express Entry Draw in January 2017?

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 26, Dec 2016

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Express Entry is a renowned immigration system in the world that is followed by millions of immigration aspirants across the globe. The Express Entry selects the skilled migrants through its fortnightly draws in order to offer them permanent residency in Canada. However, the express entry draw results have surprised many applicants and aspirants in 2016. Lets take a look at the express entry draw features in 2016.

Analysis of Express Entry Draws in 2016

The year 2016 has been a mixed bag in terms of express entry draw results. In the beginning of the year the Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) kept the qualifying marks low, i.e. around 450 mark. In the first quarter of 2016, qualifying marks or CRS Score requirement hit the lowest level of the year, i.e. 453 points.

However, after the first quarter, the IRCC gradually started raising the bar for the applicants and by the middle of the year it crossed the 500 mark. It all followed a specific pattern, as in the last quarter of the year; IRCC again started reducing the qualifying marks. Although, CRS Score requirement didnt go as low as it was in the beginning of the year, however, it still gave some respite to the applicants with CRS score around 470 mark.

Why CRS score didnt decrease that much in the year end?

There were several candidates who were expecting the qualifying marks to come down, however it stabled around 470 mark, in fact to utter surprise of the applicants, one of the draws (November 30, 2016 draw) saw the qualifying marks drastically rocketed up to 786 points. This whole thing was unthinkable for the candidates, who had a belief that Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will reduce the qualifying marks in the year end to invite more and more candidates in order to meet its annual immigration target.

There were two key things that kept the qualifying marks high at the year end. Firstly, the qualifying marks increased to 786 points in November, as IRCC wanted to invite PNP class applicants only in that particular draw. Secondly, after the key immigration rule change on November 19, 2016, IRCC relaxed the conditions for job offer requirement. As a result, the candidates holding an employer-specific work permit in Canada (i.e. NAFTA work permit or a work permit issued to an intra-company transferee) also got the additional CRS points. This particular change has increased the number of applicants, getting ITA based on their job offer.

What are the expectations from January 2017 Express Entry Draws?

After the initial upsurge in the qualifying marks, after the key immigration changes in November 2016, the requirement for CRS score from IRCC is expected to come down in the first quarter of New Year. Like year 2016, we may see more and more candidates without job offer in the first quarter of 2017. This in turn, will decrease the qualifying marks and raise the number of invites to the standard figure.

Get Key assistance to prepare you immigration file and apply in Express Entry in 2017

The year 2017 will be the encouraging year to apply for Canadian PR via express entry and other immigration programs in view of increased annual immigration target and relaxed immigration rules. If you wish to apply for Canada PR via Express Entry next year, call the certified immigration experts at Visas Avenue on contact nos. 011-48447777, 011-46194650 (Delhi), 040-42467777 (Hyderabad), or 080-46668222 (Bangalore). Visas Avenue branch is soon opening in Mumbai city as well. You may also send your immigration related enquiries to Visas Avenue email id-


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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