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IRCC has launched 27th Express Entry Draw of 2016 to Invite record 2878 candidates for Canada PR

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 23, Dec 2016

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In the middle of all the buzz and happenings of festive season and New Year, Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have launched the 27th and probably the last draw of express entry this year, within a week of previous draw launch. The selected candidates in this draw shall get invitation from IRCC to apply for permanent residency in Canada. Lets take a look on the 27th EE Draw statistics.

Key Features of 27th EE Draw this year

Here are the key features and statistics of the 27th draw:
  • The Draw is open from December 22, 2016 to December 23, 2016
  • The CRS score requirement in the current draw is 475 points or more
  • A total of 2878 candidates will get the invitation to apply for Canadian PR from IRCC

The draw has not only surprised the people in terms of result, but also with regards to the timing of launch.

List of Express Entry Draws Canada 2015-16

The draw launched within week of previous draw opening

The IRCC has launched the 27th express entry draw within a week of the opening of last EE draw as last or 26th draw was launched on December 16, 2016 only. The draw is most probably launched early in view of upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays. The IRCC may not want the draw dates to clash with the festive holidays and hence, the early launch of the draw was planned. The other surprising factor was the number of invites.

Number of Invitations reached to staggering 2878 mark

The qualifying marks reduced by just 22 points by IRCC to allow candidates with CRS score 475 points or above, however, with this decrease 2878 candidates become eligible to receive the Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian Permanent Residency (PR). This clearly indicates as to how many candidates were in the queue with point score between 475 and 500. Now all such candidates will get the e-mail from IRCC to apply for PR within 90 days as per the new rule. Though, it is being said that this might be the final draw of this year, however, the way IRCC has surprised the applicants with their unexpected results throughout the year, there wont be a surprise, if we see another draw happening prior to the end 2016. So, for now, keeping the comments reserved in this regard is wise till the time it is official.

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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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