The Canadian government has issued 3,600 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in a new Express Entry draw.
In a draw held on Wednesday, November 13th, Canada issued 3,600 ITAs, bringing the total ITAs issued through the Express Entry program so far this year to 75,300. Canada expects to issue at least 81,000 ITAs this year. Last year, 89,800 ITAs were issued.
The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for Wednesday’s draw was 472 points, a decrease of 3 points over the last draw held on October 30th, which had a cut-off mark of 475.
The Express Entry program provides a path for foreign nationals to migrate to Canada as permanent residents, or for those already in the country on non-immigrant visas to gain permanent legal status.
Express Entry draws are normally held every two weeks, with a minimum score set for each draw. The score is based on such factors as age, education, skills, work experience, family ties to Canada, and proficiency in either English or French. Highest ranking candidates are placed into a draw, with winners of each draw being issued ITAs, which allows them to apply for permanent residency.
You can check if you meet the minimum score and also apply for Express Entry here.