CIC still continues to select applicants without job offers or provincial nominations from Express Entry pool. The seventh draw, which was made on Friday, April 10, 2015 resulted an issuance of 925 invitations to apply for permanent residence to candidates in the Express Entry pool who each had 469 or more.

The first four draws from the pool, made between January 31 and February 27, selected only candidates who had either a job offer or a provincial nomination. However the last 3 draws indicate a shift in selection. The lowest accumulated points being selected has dropped to 469 without job offer or a provincial nomination, either of which gives a candidate 600 CRS points and a subsequent invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Nevertheless CIC continues to make regular draws from the pool and candidates without job offers or provincial nominations continue to be selected, this latest draw marks the first occasion in which the number of invitations to apply issued has decreased, relative to the previous draw. It is also the first instance of an increase in the minimum number of CRS points required in order for a candidate to be selected, relative to the previous draw.

In the Express Entry pool, candidates must be eligible for one of the following federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. Eligible candidates may submit a profile into the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked according to the CRS. The government of Canada selects the top-ranked candidates on a priority basis when it performs one of its frequent draws from the pool.

Candidates who are issued an issued an invitation to apply for permanent residence then have 60 days to submit a complete e-application, from which point the government of Canada aims to process the application within six months. A number of early applicants have had their applications processed in under half that time.

Express Entry quick facts, from January 1 to April 11 2015

• January 1: Launch date
• January 31: First draw from the pool
• April 10: Most recent draw from the pool
• March 27d raw: Minimum CRS points required for selection in any one draw: 453
• March 27 draw: Largest number of invitations to apply issued in any one draw: 1,637
• January 1 and February 7 draws: Fewest invitations to apply issued in any one draw: 779
• February 27 to March 20 draws: Largest decrease in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 254
• February 7 to February 20 draws: Smallest decrease in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 10
• March 27 to April 10 draws Largest increase in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 16
• February 27 to March 20 draws: Longest gap between two consecutive draws: 21 days
• On three occasions: Shortest gap between two consecutive draws: 7 days
• Total number of invitations to apply issued: 6,851

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