Around 4,449 invitations for permanent residency of Canada were granted in the month of January, the biggest number for any month since the selection system of Express Entry for Canadian immigration was started just a year ago. The former record was set in the month of March 2015 when a total of 3,257 invitations were granted.
Last month was the first month in almost a year during which three draws has taken place. On 6th January, around 1,463 invitations were sent to the applicants with minimum cutoff score of 461 points. On 13th Jan, around 1,518 invitations were sent to the applicants with minimum cutoff score of 453 points. On 28th Jan, around 1,468 invitations were sent to the applicants with minimum cutoff score of 457 points.
The three draws of this year has the applicants without the qualifying employment offer or provincial nomination getting an ITA. A qualifying employment offer or the provincial nomination outcomes in the applicant getting 600 extra CRS points and an invitation at the following draw from the pool.
Last year in December, IRCC policy analyst had made some key announcements for the medium and short term future Express Entry future, mentioning that the number of ITAs sent for every draw is expected to rise as the pre-Express Entry applications inventory is finalized. And it is also expected that the least score of the applicants who are invited to apply would decrease.
This month’s results were supporting the above predictions that the ITAs would raise, and it would be interesting to see whether this trend would continue, and the decrease in cutoff score would follow.