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Mid-Summer Update for Express Entry

Mid-Summer Update for Express Entry

This article provides the synopsis of four draws of express entry since 1st June 2016. From 1st June 2016 till date 3034 applicants have received the invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence for the draws that occurred on June 1st, June 15th, June 29th and July 13. In these four draws the minimum CRS point required was 482, with minimum number of invitations given were in between 740 to 780 per draw. In these draws the noticeable thing was the minimum CRS point requirement has decreased.  The applicants who received ITAs could submit their applications for permanent residency in Canada, along with family members as they are also allowed to immigrate with the main applicant. The Canadian government would process these applications within six months.


The Express Entry system was started in January 2015 and according to CIC news, most of the candidates who received ITAs had their core CRS scores less than 450. The core CRS scores meant a candidate’s total score without including any additional 600 points for enhanced provincial nomination. Apparently, those who received ITAs have successfully applied for enhanced provincial nomination, so now the enhanced PNP options could be reviewed by the interested candidates.


The New Brunswick province came out with an ‘open category’to attract more IT professionals in the Express Entry Pool. The New Brunswick PNP, Express Entry Labour Market Stream has stopped accepting EOI on July 15th but would start again later. British Columbia PNP (BCPNP) invites candidates to apply for immigration in this province under various categories. The skilled worker category of the express entry BC, is for those candidates who possess experience or training in any of the skilled occupation and a job offer is a must under this category to apply for. Under Express Entry BC- International graduate category, those candidates are eligible who have graduated from any Canadian university within last 2 years and it is not restricted that they have to be a graduate from any University in the BC province but could be from any Canadian University or college but a job offer is required in this category too.


It was surprise package for many, when a sub- category of Saskatchewan INP (SINP), International skilled worker- Saskatchewan Express Entry was reopened for another 500 applications, without any prior announcement.  The category included more occupations in the demand list in the field of IT, agriculture, management, healthcare, engineering and trade. The sub-category was closed within 48 hours it reopened.


The Prince Edward Island (PEI), needs more skilled workers to the province so they came out with more enhanced provincial nomination certificates. Interesting the PEIs express entry form involves only a single page online form where the candidates just have to mention the reason behind their migration to PEI. By doing this, the PEI’s express entry system has made its first step of express entry the simplest of all the provinces.  The selection of candidates to apply is done on priority basis by the PEI PNP.


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