Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has invited 3,753 individuals to apply for Canadian permanent residence in its latest draw on candidates in the Express Entry pool. This draw, which took place on April 5, 2017 represents the fourth time in 2017 that the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score a candidate requires in order to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) has dropped to a record low. Candidates in the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 431 or higher are now in a position to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence. IRCC expects to process applications within six months, meaning that these individuals and their families are likely to be in a position to arrive in Canada before the end of 2017.
Candidates for the immigration programs managed through the Express Entry system — the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) — are required to enter the Express Entry pool in order to begin the process. Upon entry into the pool, candidates are assigned a CRS score based on civil status information and additional factors such as education, work experience, and language level, among others. Candidates are ranked on the basis of their CRS score, and the top-ranking candidates are invited to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence in the periodic draws conducted by IRCC.