Updates to Express Entry for Canadian Citizenship
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has been busy last month, completing the tenth and eleventh draws for Canadian immigration. After a brief increase to the minimum number of points in the Comprehensive Ranking System in May, in June the number of points went down. Right now it’s in the mid 400s. Also, this last draw had an increase in the number of invitations to apply for permanent residence. On Jun 26, Citizenship and Immigration Canada sent 1575 invitations for permanent residence for applicants whose scores were 469 or more.
This news and this trend is pretty exciting for candidates who’ve been awarded many points for education, age, work experience, language skills, as well as a qualifying job offer. If you haven’t gotten your invitation, you may into the pool of invitations if the trend toward a lower number of points continues! Many provinces have just introduced express immigration streams to help attract candidates of high technical skill, for example, and you’ve probably read about some of those express entry streams if you’re familiar with our blog. Ontario, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec have all introduced enhancements to their immigration programs.
What do the updates to Express Entry for Canadian Citizenship mean for you?
This is pretty exciting news, because the number of invitations is going up, and the number of points required to qualify for an invitation is going down. If you’re still in the pool, don’t be discouraged, because you might just be one of those lucky people invited to apply for permanent residence under these increasingly generous requirements. Plus, the provinces are stepping up their efforts to speed up the process for desirable candidates, in their efforts to attract the best and brightest to their cities and towns.
Express Entry for Canadian Citizenship – updates from Citizenship & Immigration Canada