First Quarter Review (2017) of Canadian Express Entry Immigration System

by By Rajneesh Kumar

Posted on April 7, 2017

Canadian Express Entry System

The year 2017 so far has been exceptional for Canada Immigration in terms, buzz, happenings, events, news and updates, etc. As the first quarter of the year now over, it’s time to analyze the performance of the popular Canadian immigration program, i.e. federal Express Entry Immigration System. Let’s take a look as to how the Express Entry system went about its business selecting and inviting skilled workers for Canadian permanent residency.

First Quarter Review of Express Entry System-2017

The first quarter of the year was incredible for Express Entry system and Canadian immigration. In first quarter of this year, various records were broken and many new got created vide every Express entry draw. Let’s take a look.

January 2017

There were 3 Express Entry Draws in the month of January. The year started on a good note, as the very first draw of the year launched on January 4th, 2017 invited record 2,902 candidates for Canadian PR, despite the fact that qualifying marks were not that low (468 points or more).

See here- List of Express Entry Draws Canada 2015 to 17

The second draw of the of the month and year, again created a new record for the number of invitations issued, as it first time invited more than three thousands candidates, i.e. 3,334 for Canadian PR.

Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continued to surprise the applicants in the 3rd draw of the month as they invited staggering 3508 candidates to apply for the permanent residency visa in Canada. So, the month of January was incredible for the applicants as just under ten thousand candidates got the ITA (invitation to apply) from IRCC.

February, 2017

There only two express entry draws occurred in the month of February 2017. The first draw of the month launched on February 8, 2017, yet again created a new record by inviting massive 3664 express entry applicants to apply for PR in Canada. The exceptional thing about the draw was the qualifying marks, which first time went below 450 marks. In the very next draw, the CRS Score requirement or qualifying marks yet again dropped to new low, i.e. 441 points and hence, invited 3611 candidates.


Express Entry Draws in First Quarter of 2017

March, 2017

The month of March also saw just two draws. However in the very first draw records created for both highest number of invitations (3,884) as well as for the lowest every qualifying marks (i.e. 434 points) announced by the IRCC.

The second draw was launched after a long wait, i.e. after 23 days and invited 3,749 candidates as the qualifying marks declared by IRCC were 441 points or more.

Also Read- QSWP to open soon for its 1st application intake of 2017- Get Your Immigration file ready fast


What was exceptional about First quarter of 2017?

Well, as already discussed the exceptional thing was so many time IRCC created new records in terms of inviting applicants and reduction in the qualifying marks. Overall, IRCC was quite lenient towards the applicants in the first quarter of the year.

Year 2015 2016 2017
First Quarter Invitations 6,851 9,465 24,652


First Quarter Invitations from Year 2015 to 2017

The other key thing was the incredible number of applicants invited in the first quarter. In the Express Entry draws in the first quarter of 2017, IRCC invited a total of 24,652 candidates for Canadian Permanent residency, which itself is an incredible number of applicants.

So, in view lenient immigration policies of the Canadian government and reduced qualifying marks it’s the ideal time to apply for the Canadian PR visa under the guidance of a registered Canadian Immigration Consultant

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Immigration to Canada as Federal Skilled Worker

by By Rajneesh Kumar

Posted on December 10, 2014

Federal Skilled Worker Program For Canada

Canada Skilled Worker is accepted time and again for the Immigration program drafted by the Canadian government, it has come up with advanced options for permanent settlement choices for people on the basis of their talents and skills. For a skilled worker, it is compulsory for the candidate to meet the basic and advanced criteria for immigration to Canada. These qualifying steps lead the applicant to establish himself economically in Canada.

The Federal Skilled Worker Program allows applicants who qualify and succeed by obtaining an Immigrant Visa to live and work in any part of Canada except for the province of Quebec which has its own immigration selection criteria. Canada is economically stable country but in last few years it also faced a skilled labor shortage as its economy is continuing to expand day by day. Canada’s government and various respected business persons have been increasingly seeking skilled foreign workers to help fill thousands of Canadian job openings across the country. The basic eligibility to apply Education, Language skills, Experience, Age, Adaptability. The candidate has to prove about the sufficient funds that they carry to support themselves for a period of time in Canada if the Federal skilled workers permit is granted. The fundamental criteria deal with the proficiency in English and proper work experience which should be equivalent of 1950hours. It should be either skill type 0, skill level A or B as per the Canada National Occupation Classification List. It includes jobs like technical, professional, management and skilled trade occupations.

The potential candidates under the federal skilled worker will complete an online express entry profile. The form is totally secure, it asks for the information about their: Skills, work experience, language ability, education and other details that will help the CIC officers assess easily. The candidates who will meet the criteria of the immigration programs listed above will be accepted into a pool of candidates. Anyone who is not having a job offer which is supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment, or a nomination from a province, must register with Employment and Social Development Canada’s Job Bank. The job bank will help with no doubts connect express entry candidates with the eligible employers in Canada.

If someone is invited to apply, they will have 60 days to submit an online application for the permanent residence. The CIC will process the best part of complete permanent residence applications received in six months or less. Candidates can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. With the new rules of express entry it has created new criteria’s for the people who stay positive and look upon their new experiences in a positive light and a new adventure will be in a better situation.

The shortened time period for applications will prove convincingly fruitful for the Canadian government itself as the employers will get their new aspirants timely and the action of assessment is also conducted within time. Canada values the skills and experiences of workers under the Federal Skilled Worker Programs with the declaration of launch of Express Entry. It is more exciting says Immigration specialists. It results for a good future of the Country itself. Visas Avenue will advise their valuable clients with the intellectual team of immigration specialists. The company has the flair to take their clients to the simplistic affairs of assistance to the highest point of achievement. We nurture the confidence of our clients for a prolonged period of time. Visas Avenue gives full guidance to meet the documentation requirements for the Canada FSW programs. Our staff fabricates a fine relationship with a transparent approach towards each and every aspirant. Go off with a bang and avail this gracious opportunity with our team.

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