Express Entry Score Continues to Drop

On October 5th, 2016 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada did their 21st draw of 2016 under Express Entry and handed out 1,288 Invitations to Apply to immigrate to Canada.

The minimum score for this round was 483. This is the lowest score selected since July 13th, 2016.

It is is expected that the score will remain high until October of 2016, at which time they are expected to drop even lower. 

The reason for this expected drop is that there are still paper based applications being processed at the Canadian embassies for the same programs which utilise the Express Entry System. Once those applications have been processed, the Express Entry Pool will be the only place from which the Canadian Government can select new immigrants to meet their yearly quotas. Draws have ranged from 1,518 to 747 invitations per draw. It is expected that the number of invitations issued in each draw starting in September/October of 2016 will increase to between 2,000 and 2,500 invitations per draw. This will then cause the minimum scores required to drop as twice as many people will be selected per draw. 

As per Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Supplementary Information 2016 – Immigration Levels Plan, Canada is looking to welcome an estimated 106,200 new immigrants to Canada under the Immigration Programs which use Express Entry in 2016. 

The Draws for 2016 have been as follows:

  1. January 6th, 2016 – 1463 invitations – Minimum score of 461
  2. January 13th, 2016 – 1518 invitations – Minimum score of 453
  3. January 28th, 2016 – 1468 invitations – Minimum score of 457
  4. February 10th, 2016 – 1505 invitations – Minimum score of 459
  5. February 24th, 2016 – 1484 invitations – Minimum score 453
  6. March 9th, 2016 – 1013 invitations – Minimum score of 473
  7. March 23rd, 2016 – 1014 invitations – Minimum score of 470
  8. April 6th, 2016 – 954 invitations – Minimum score of 470
  9. April 20th, 2016 – 1018 invitations – Minimum score of 468
  10. May 6th, 2016 – 779 invitations – Minimum score of 534
  11. May 19th, 2016 – 763 invitations – Minimum score of 484
  12. June 1st, 2016 – 762 invitations – Minimum score of 483
  13. June 15th, 2016 – 752 invitations – Minimum score of 488
  14. June 29th, 2016 – 773 invitations – Minimum score of 482
  15. July 13th, 2016 – 747 invitations – Minimum score of 482
  16. July 27th, 2016 – 755 invitations – Minimum score of 488
  17. August 10th, 2016 – 754 Invitations – Minimum score of 490
  18. August 24th, 2016 – 750 Invitations – Minimum score of 538
  19. September 7th, 2016 – 1,000 Invitations – Minimum score of 491
  20. September 21st 2016- 1,288 Invitations – Minimum score of 483
  21. October 5th, 2016 – Invitations – Minimum score of

Total invitations to apply issued in 2016: 20,348

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