December 20th Latest Canada Express Entry Draw Invites 2750 Candidates

21 Dec 2017


The Canadian Government has invited 2,750 candidates to submit an application to seek permanent residence in the Express Entry draw held on Dec. 20th, 2017. The cut-off CRS score for this draw was 446.

This is a decline of six points compared to the previous draw, held on Dec. 6th.
IRCC used the tie-break rule here where some candidates scoring 446 received ITAs. This means that only the candidates who had scored 446 and had entered their profiles in the pool before a date and time set by the IRCC were eligible to receive ITA. The time and date for this draw was Oct. 2nd , 2017 -14:56:53 UTC.


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CRS Requirement Number of ITA's in Latest Draw ITA's Issued in 2017
446 2750 86,023


This was the 30th draw to be held in 2017, and the total number of ITAs, sent during 2017, stands at 86,023. The number represents 57 percent of the 150,868 ITAs which were issued since Jan 2015, when the Express Entry system was introduced.

This draw was held after four draws took place in the first three weeks of November. The draws were a consequence of the announcement by the Government regarding new multi-year immigration plan, which aims to increase the number of candidates for giving permanent residence using the Express Entry system by 20 percent in the next three years. After this announcement was made, six draws were held and 11,045 ITAs were issued totally.

The three economic categories have a high ITA target, in the Express Entry system, for 2018. There is an expectation that IRCC needs to perform, large and frequent draws, from the Express Entry pool in the New Year, or resort to both these strategies. Such scenarios will impact in lowering the cut-off CRS score.

The candidates who received an ITA in this draw were successful owing to a Master’s degree, and having advanced English language proficiency. For some candidates possessing two post-secondary certificates and a score of 6 in each category in IELTS gave success.

The decline in the cut-off score for this draw was not as low as many expected, but 2018 is approaching and it has high admissions targets. Compared with 2016 there is a decline in the cut-off scores in 2017 and the higher targets for the next year point that this trend will continue.

Express Entry Basic Facts from Janurary 1st 2015 to Dec 20, 2017

  • Launched date: January 1, 2015
  • The first draw from the pool released: January 31, 2015
  • Most recent draw from the pool: December 20, 2017
  • Minimum CRS points required for selection in the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC): 199 (May 26, 2017)
  • Minimum CRS points required for selection in the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC): 413 (May 31, 2017)
  • Minimum CRS points required for selection in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC): 413 (May 31, 2017)
  • Largest number of invitations to apply issued in any one draw: 3,923 (April 12, 2017)
  • Fewest invitations to apply issued in any one draw: 143 (May 26, 2017. Note: This draw invited candidates with a provincial nomination only.)
  • Largest decrease in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 273 (from May 22, 2015 to June 12, 2015 draws)
  • Smallest decrease in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 0 (on three occasions)
  • Longest gap between dates of two consecutive draws: 35 days (from April 17, 2015 to May 22, 2015 draws)
  • Shortest gap between dates of two consecutive draws: 5 days (from May 26 to May 31, 2017)
  • Total number of ITAs issued in 2015: 31,063
  • Total number of ITAs issued in 2016: 33,782
  • Total number of ITAs issued in 2017: 86,023
  • Total number of ITAs issued since system was launched: 150,868


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