As of January 1, 2015, foreign nationals must receive an invitation from CIC before they may apply to the above programs. Express Entry eliminates the requirement to process applicants in these programs through a first come first serve basis. CIC aims to process 80 percent of complete Express Entry applications in six months or less. Quebec’s economic immigration programs are not managed through Express Entry.
Under Express Entry, candidates who meet the criteria will be accepted into a pool of possible candidates for immigration to Canada. Candidates will be ranked against others in the pool using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will regularly select the highest-ranking candidates from the pool by inviting them to apply to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents.
CIC will invite candidates from the Express Entry pool to apply on a regular basis. Every round of invitations will have a set of instructions the electronic system will use to invite candidates from the pool.
The tables below include the date and time of the round of invitations during 2015 along with the number of candidates that will get an ITA, and if it applies, which specific immigration program(s) are included.
Draws From CIC Express Entry Pool (Updated 6/12/15):
EE Draw #Draw DateLowest CRS Score InvitedNumber of Invitations IssuedDraw TypeExpress Entry Draw # 1January 31, 2015886779GeneralExpress Entry Draw # 2February 7, 2015818779GeneralExpress Entry Draw # 3February 20, 2015808849GeneralExpress Entry Draw # 4February 27, 20157351,187GeneralExpress Entry Draw # 5March 20, 20154811,620GeneralExpress Entry Draw # 6March 27, 20154531,637GeneralExpress Entry Draw # 7April 10, 2015469925GeneralExpress Entry Draw # 8April 17, 2015453715GeneralExpress Entry Draw # 9May 22, 20157551,361GeneralExpress Entry Draw # 10June 12, 20154821,501General
Number of Invitations to Apply (ITA) Issued:
Minimum CRS Points Required:
* The horizontal line at 600 represents the maximum number of points a candidate can be awarded without obtaining a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer or a provincial nomination.