May 28, 2018
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CRS score reaches new 2018 low in latest Express Entry round

    The Government of Canada held a new Express Entry draw on Wednesday, the 23rd of May, issuing 3,500 invitations to apply for permanent residence. The Comprehensive Ranking System cut-off score for this draw was 440. The tie-break date and time for this latest invitation round was 30th December 2017, at 06:39:40 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 440, as well as those candidates with scores of 440 who submitted their profile before this time, received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this invitation round. The latest draw is the 10th of 2018 and […]
April 18, 2018
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April 11th sees largest Express Entry draw of 2018

  3,500 candidates invited with CRS scores as low as 444. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has issued 3,500 invitations to apply to candidates in the Express Entry pool in a draw that took place on Wednesday, April 11th. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required to obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA) during this draw was 444.  The cut-off score is two points lower than the previous invitation round, which took place on March 26th and had a CRS minimum of 446. The March 26th draw took place 12 days after the previous invitation round on March 14 and saw the […]
March 29, 2018
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Second Express Entry draw in less than two weeks sees 10-point drop in cut-off score

The size of this invitation round which is 3000 ITA’s continues the trend seen through the last three draws, all of which also issued Invitations to Apply, or ITAs, to 3,000 Express Entry candidates. In 2017, IRCC had an admissions target of 71,700 and finished the year having issued a total of 86,023 ITAs. One can speculate about the recent draw being an indication of how IRCC will conduct future draws. Last year, April proved to be one of the Express Entry system’s busiest months with three draws and a total of 11,341 ITAs issued. Last April also saw the […]
March 27, 2018
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Abolition of 457 and Introduction of Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Subclass 482 Visa.

The 457 visa is abolished as of 18 March 2018 and is being replaced by the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Subclass 482 visa. This will be a change which affects all employers who sponsor staff, and the changes to the legislation are extensive. The changes are effective 18 March 2018. After this date: It is no longer possible to apply for a 457 visa; The TSS subclass visa replaces the 457 visa Changes also apply to permanent employer sponsored ENS and RSMS visas lodged on or after this date. Status of outstanding 457 application as of 18 March 2018? 457 visa applications lodged before 18 March […]