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

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 as well as information on the number of admissions through Express Entry.

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Previous reports

Results: Rounds of invitations

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system – May 26, 2017

Provincial Nominee Program

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Number of invitations issued CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited
143Footnote * 775 points

Federal Skilled Trades Program

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Number of invitations issued CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited
400Footnote ** 199 points

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Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of May 19, 2017

CRS Score Range Number of Candidates
601-1200 50
451-600 136
401-450 5,884
441-450 51
431-440 59
421-430 51
411-420 1,697
401-410 4,026
351-400 22,093
391-400 3,570
381-390 4,365
371-380 4,519
361-370 4,813
351-360 4,826
301-350 15,682
0-300 2,850
Total 46,695

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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