Express Entry invitation rounds

If you are eligible for Express Entry we will add you to our pool of candidates for immigration to Canada.

We rank candidates in the pool using a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). We regularly select the highest-ranking candidates from the pool and invite them to apply for permanent resident status.

Getting into the Express Entry pool doesn’t mean that you will be invited to apply for permanent residence. If you are invited to apply you still have to meet all eligibility and admissibility requirements under Canada’s immigration law (the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act).

Each invitation round has a set of instructions that are:

  • posted online at the time of the invitation round
  • used by the Express Entry system to invite candidates from the pool

The instructions include:

  • the date and time of the invitation round
  • the number of candidates that will get an invitation to apply (ITA)
    • which immigration program(s) are included in the round (if it applies – some invitation rounds may only invite candidates for one program, for instance Federal Skilled Trades only)
    • if the instructions don’t specify an immigration program, that means the invitations are based on CRS scores, no matter which program criteria were met

Express Entry Year-End Report

This report is a review of the Express Entry system in 2016.

It includes information on the:

  • candidates in the Express Entry pool
  • characteristics of candidates invited to apply
  • information on the number of admissions through Express Entry

PDF Version

Previous reports

Results: Rounds of invitations

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – September 20, 2017

No program specified

See full text of Ministerial Instruction

Number of invitations issued CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited
2,871Footnote * 433 points

See previous rounds

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of September 14, 2017

CRS Score Range Number of Candidates
601-1200 209
451-600 851
401-450 12,802
441-450 301
431-440 1,112
421-430 2,945
411-420 3,483
401-410 4,961
351-400 26,331
391-400 4,459
381-390 5,420
371-380 5,521
361-370 5,536
351-360 5,395
301-350 16,772
0-300 2,952
Total 59,917

The numbers in this table reflect the total number of people in the pool overall, a few days before an invitation round. The score distribution may change as people submit new profiles and other profiles expire.

The table numbers in italics are a detailed breakdown of the bold number immediately above.

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