Canada Express Entry Draw: Review of Year 2017

The year 2017 was a significantly busy year for Canadian immigration with fluctuating CRS curves and ITA numbers. While the neighbor country US has shown dropping number of immigration entry, Canada flooded ITAs to welcome immigrants in this year. There were a significant drop in CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) scores this year up to 199 points (for Federal Skilled Trades candidates only). Candidates were assigned CRS score on the basis of experience, qualification, English language ability and other essentials. Any candidate who had the required CRS number for respective Express Entry Draw were required to enter their profile as per scheduled timeline. For each draw, eligible candidates were assigned a scheduled date to submit their profile into the express entry pool system.

All the ITAs were issued under three major categories included:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSW)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class (FST)

& Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).

A total of 78 draws took place with issuing 86,023 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to immigrants from different countries. Let’s take a look at the stats of the year 2017 including numbers and figures.

Month Number of draws Minimum CRS score Total ITA issued
January January 4

January 11

January 25

468

459

453

9,744
February February 8

February 22

447

441

7,255
March March 1

March 24

434

441

7,633
April April 5

April 12

April 19

431

423

415

11,341
May May 4

May 17

May 26

May 31

423

415

199 (FST) & 775 (PNP)

413

11,903
June June 28 449 3,409
July July 12 440 3,202
August August 2

August 9

August 23

441

433

434

9,290
September September 6

September 20

435

433

5,643
October October 4

October 18

438

436

5,558
November November 8

November 15

458

439

4,750
December December 6

December 20

452

446

5,500
Total 78 Draws Highest: 775

Lowest: 199

86,023

Source: Web search

From the table above, we can see that May & April were two significant months when highest number of ITAs were issued. May leads the competition of the highest number of ITAs issued with a total number of 11,903. In this month, two special draws also took place for Federal Skilled Trades Class (FST) and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). This two draws boosted the number of ITAs issued this month.

July was the month that has only one draw and issued the lowest number of ITAs. In this month, only 3,202 ITAs were issued and the minimum CRS score was kept to 440.

The highest CRS score of 775 points was seen in the month of May and as well as the lowest CRS score of 199 points. Rest of the year, the CRS score fluctuated between a range of 410-470 points.

However, in brief, 2017 was a delightful year for immigrants seeking Canadian immigration with the highest number of ITAs issued ever. The Canadian Government has also indicated that in 2018 also they intend to continue the tradition of welcoming a large number of immigrants.

If you are also interested to apply for Express Entry draw in 2018, get your free visa assessment done from expert visa immigration consultant.

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