Express Entry Draw Update: 2016 Analysis

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already been a year since we wrote a simple analysis of Canada’s Express Entry for immigrants last 2015 (click here to revisit that post). 2016 really blew by fast and it was a very eventful year for CIC with some policy changes coming into effect towards the latter part of the year (those details, here).

Did those changes have any effect on Express Entry’s numbers for 2016? How did the numbers fare vs. 2015? Let’s find out.

By the Numbers


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Officially Immigrants! :)

After getting our Passport Request (PPR) last February 6, 2017 and submitting our passports on February 9, we were surprised to learn about the speedy return of our documents last Monday, February 20, 2017. Our agency then invited us back to their office yesterday to pick up the passports, along with our landing papers and other documents.

All in all, it only took twelve days for our passports to get back to us with our Immigrant Visas. We were told that this was processed pretty fast and it was probably due to the light load that the Canadian Embassy typically has during this time of the year.

Our immigrant visas 🙂

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Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program Updates (PEIPNP)


Now this one is close to our hearts. 🙂

According to the province of Prince Edward Island has reopened their Provincial Nomination Program after deciding to stop accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) midway through 2016. This comes on the heels of Ontario also deciding to reopen their Provincial Nominee Program within the next week.

The article also points our a few interesting facts about the PEI PNP, some of which we didn’t know about despite being nominees of the province.

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