The 16th Express Entry draw in 2018 for seeking permanent residency was held and 3,750 candidates will receive the invitation to apply. The CRS cut-off threshold for the present draw was just 440 points. In this draw there was a tie-break mechanism. Owing to many candidates scoring 440 CRS points, the candidates who submitted their profile for a longer time in the pool got the priority. The deadline was before January 31, 2018 at 00:06:40 UTC in this draw.
Also, after this draw the total number of invitations that were issued during this year is 50,950.
In November last year the government made public its Canada Immigration Plan for 2018-2020. There was a commitment to increase the numbers through Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Class. The target is 250,000 over the next three years, and the allocation for the Provincial Nominee Programs is 184,000 fresh permanent residents.
The observers feel that there will be more invitations in the coming months, and also in the next two years. This will be of immense benefit to families and individuals of many nations who wish to settle in Canada.
The CRS is a score in which there are 1,200 points to mark the applicants in the federal economic programs.
The Express Entry commenced in January 2015, to process all residency applications.
For entering the pool, the candidates have to be eligible in the FSWC, CEC, or the FSTC. Candidates obtaining a provincial nomination by using any of - Provincial Nominee Program streams aligned with the Express Entry get 600 extra CRS points. They get the assurance of an ITA in the next pool draw. Also the candidates can obtain up to 260 points for great proficiency in English/French. Additionally, a couple can obtain up to 270 points.