Express Entry rounds of invitations

Under Express Entry, candidates who meet the criteria will be accepted into a pool of possible candidates for immigration to Canada.

Candidates will be ranked against others in the pool using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will regularly select the highest-ranking candidates from the pool by inviting them to apply to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents.

Note: Entry into the Express Entry pool does not guarantee a candidate will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. Invited candidates still have to meet eligibility and admissibility requirements under Canada’s immigration law (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act).

CIC will invite candidates from the Express Entry pool to apply on a regular basis. Every round of invitations will have a set of instructions the electronic system will use to invite candidates from the pool. These instructions will be posted on this website before each round of invitations.

These instructions will include:

  • the date and time of the round of invitations,
  • the number of candidates that will get an ITA, and
  • if it applies, which specific immigration program(s) will be included.

If the instructions do not specify which immigration program the candidates must be eligible for, the invitations will be based solely on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

Express Entry Year-End Report 2015

This report is a snapshot of the Express Entry system for the first year of implementation. It is based on a data extract as of January 3, 2016. It includes information on the distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool, information on the characteristics of candidates invited to apply in 2015 as well as information on the number of admissions through Express Entry.

Results: Rounds of invitations

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system –

No program specified

See full text of Ministerial Instruction

Number of invitations issued CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited
3,611Footnote * 441 points

See previous rounds

Top questions about Express Entry profiles

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