Express Entry - How many points do you need?

posted Jun 21, 2015, 11:55 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Aug 23, 2015, 1:20 PM ]
It appears CIC is serious about Express Entry program despite several serious objections voiced by some prominent immigration practitioners (lack of transparency and accountability being only two of them).

So, many prospective immigrants are wondering: how many points do I need under the Comprehensive Ranking System in order to receive Invitation to Apply for PR in one of the three federal programs which are managed through the Express Entry System?

Nowadays it is extremely difficult to obtain LMIA and with every passing day it is getting even more difficult therefore those magic 600 points are practically out of reach for most otherwise qualified candidates (well educated applicants with good command of English or French and significant work experience).

It has been just over 6 months since Express Entry program was opened, in the table below you can see how many points applicants had to have under the Comprehensive Ranking System in order to receive Invitation to Apply.


 #  Date  Points required  Number of invitations issued
 10  June 12, 2015  482  1,501
 09  May 23, 2015  755  1,361
 08  April 18, 2015  453  715
 07  April 11, 2015  469  925
 06  March 27, 2015  453  1,637
 05  March 20, 2015  481  1,620
 04  February 27, 2015  735  1,187
 03  February 20, 2015  808  849
 02  February 7, 2015  818  779
 01 January 31, 2015 886 779


For current information regarding required points check out Express Entry rounds of invitations page.

So does this fit into CIC 2015 immigration levels plan?

Let's take a look:


Plan

Type

Low

High

Economic

Federal Skilled Workers (including Federal Skilled Trades)

47,000

51,000

Canadian Experience Class

21,000

23,000

Caregivers

26,000

30,000

Federal Business

1,000

1,700

Quebec Business

5,000

5,500

Quebec Skilled Worker

26,000

27,000

Provincial Nominee Program

46,000

48,000

Ministerial Instruction Economic Programs

100

500

Economic Total

172,100

186,700

Percentage Mix

66.2%

65.5%



It seems to me CIC is running behind the schedule. It will be interesting to see how they will catch up in the next six months.

If you have questions or comments concerning information in this article feel free to contact me at contact@mbmigration.ca

Edited August 23, 2015:

Please see 
Express Entry Mid-Year Report for more detailed numbers.

In the first 6 months of 2015 only 844 PR visas were issued and only 411 people actually came to Canada and confirmed PR status. These appear very low numbers.


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