The fifteenth draw for Canadian permanent residence under the Express Entry selection system has been performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on August 21, 2015.
A total of 1,523 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 456 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. Interestingly, this draw saw points drop significantly from the previous draw which had a 471 cut-off for CRA points.
This is the 6th draw in a row where the number of ITA’s issued exceeded 1400. This appears to signify an intention on the part of CIC to ramp-up overall ITA numbers in an attempt to meet their 2015 quota for total invitations extended.
What is Express Entry?
The government merged the existing federal immigration programs into a new, “Express Entry” program this January. Eligible candidates may submit a profile into the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System. CIC selects the top-ranked candidates on a priority basis when it performs one of its frequent draws from the pool. Candidates who are issued an invitation to apply for permanent residence then have 60 days to submit a complete an online application. CIC has committed to process such applications within 6 months of receipt. We have seen processing is less than 6 months in recent cases.
It is very important to note that under R-10 of the regulations, an online application which is incomplete, incorrect or not supported by the correct document or report will be categorically rejected with no opportunity to remedy the situation beforehand. It is critical for those considering Express Entry to consider retaining experienced and licensed immigration counsel to handle their case.