Canada Retains 450 Points to Invite Applicants for Residency;

Lowest Threshold to Qualify Under Express Entry in 18th Draw

It is the first time that Citizenship and Immigration Canada retained the lowest threshold or minimum points required for an applicant to be invited to apply for permanent residency thru the Express Entry selection system.

The 450 point threshold was set last month – September 18, and retained with the 18th draw held on October 2, 2015.

Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced the invitation issuance to 1,530  applicants.  It is worth noting that this has been the ninth draw in succession that candidates were invited to apply even without a job offer or nomination from a province.

An arranged offer of employment or a provincial nomination gives a candidate 600 point each. Hence a candidate with both a job offer and provincial nomination would earn 1,200 points the maximum allowed.

Among the Canadian provinces, only Manitoba offers nomination if an applicant has qualified connections in the province such as a close friend or a distant relative.  Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan have a similar scheme but are filled up quickly.

In almost all provinces, completing at least a one-year post-secondary diploma would allow a foreign student not only the ability to work while studying, but also gain access to employers that could be potential sponsors for job offers.

EXPRESS Entry Draws

Date when Invitations To Apply Were Issued

Number of Invitations Issued

Minimum CRS Points Required

Program Specified

First Express Entry Draw

January 31, 2015

779

886

All Programs

Second Express Entry Draw

February 7, 2015

779

818

All Programs

Third Express Entry Draw

February 20, 2015

849

808

Canadian Experience Class

Fourth Express Entry Draw

February 27, 2015

1,187

735

All Programs

Fifth Express Entry Draw

March 20, 2015

1,620

481

All Programs

Sixth Express Entry Draw

March 27, 2015

1,637

453

All Programs

Seventh Express Entry Draw

April 10, 2015

925

469

All Programs

Eighth Express Entry Draw

April 17, 2015

715

453

All Programs

Ninth Express Entry Draw

May 22, 2015

1,361

755

All Programs

Tenth Express Entry Draw

June 12, 2015

1,501

482

All Programs

Eleventh Express Entry Draw

June 27, 2015

1,575

469

All Programs

Twelfth Express Entry Draw

July 10, 2015

1,516

463

All Programs

Thirteenth Express Entry Draw

July 17, 2015

1,581

451

All Programs

Fourteenth Express Entry Draw

August 7, 2015

1,402

471

All Programs

Fifteenth Express Entry Draw

August 21, 2015

1,523

456

All Programs

Sixteenth Express Entry Draw

September 8, 2015

1,517

459

All Programs

Seventeenth Express Entry Draw

September 18, 2015

1,545

450

All Programs

Eighteenth Express Entry Draw

October 2, 2015

1,530

450

All Programs

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.


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