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45th Express Entry Draw

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On October 19th, the fresh Express Entry Draw results came out. We are seeing a sharp fall in the ranking points required by the candidates to apply for PR visa in Canada. In the current draw 1,804 candidates got the invitation to apply, which is the highest rise observed so far with a minimum CRS point requirement of 475 points. The latest express entry shows the highest number of invitations to be received by candidates to apply for permanent residency since it began in January 2015, but the minimum point requirement is relatively high when compared to earlier draws in the spring primarily due to the backlog of candidates of almost 450 to 480 as the number of ITAs(Invitations to Apply) were reduced in the summers.



In the last draw, dated October 12th, 2016, the 22ndexpress entry draw of the year, 1,518 candidates received the ITAs for permanent residence in Canada. Between last April and this August, the number of candidates receiving the ITAs ranged from 750 to 800.The minimum CRS points required in the 44th draw was 484 points which has decreased to 475 in the current draw and the number of invitations issued was 1,518.


Earlier this year, it was forecasted by an immigration official that in September and October the number of invites would increase to 2000 per draw. The 1,804 invites in this draw prove that the ITAs would continue to increase in the near future for the express entry draws and the minimum CRS point requirement would continue to decline.


The CRS score is a total of 1200 points which is used to benchmark the candidates from one another. It is an indispensable part of the Express Entry system which was commenced in January 2015. Till now 43 draws have been over, and in the year 2016 the lowest CRS score in a draw is 453, whereas the overall lowest CRS score is 450 points. The highest CRS score in all prior draws is 886 whereas the highest CRS score in all draws of 2016 is 538 points.


The current draw shows the highest number of ITAs being issued in the express entry draw to 1,804 candidates in 2016.The latest draw showed a significant increase in the number of ITAs issued with a dramatic decline in the minimum CRS points required.



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