Fifteenth Express Entry Draw for Canadian Immigration: CRS Points Required Drops to 456

The fifteenth draw for Canadian immigration through 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.

This draw from the Express Entry pool marks a significant decrease in the CRS points required in order for candidates to receive an Invitation to Apply, with the requirement for the previous (fourteenth) draw having been 471.

Furthermore, this marks the sixth draw in succession in which a number of candidates without a qualifying job offer or an enhanced provincial nomination certificate were selected. It is also the sixth draw in a row in which more than 1,400 candidates were selected.

The recent trends in Express Entry have also seen draws being performed more regularly than earlier in the year. This is likely to continue, with CIC having recently stated in a mid-year Express Entry report that ‘Future rounds from the Express Entry pool will become the main source of applications to meet annual Canadian immigration levels targets.

In addition, an increasing number of Canadian provinces having introduced Express Entry streams as part of their Provincial Nominee Programs, with candidates in the Express Entry pool are seeing an increasing number of options and opportunities for obtaining the all-important Invitation to Apply. The provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan, as well as the Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, have all introduced such streams in recent weeks and months.