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

2016-ee-table

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Our Canadian Immigration Medical Experience at St. Luke’s Global City

Among all the parts of our application, this has to be the one that we were most nervous about. Maybe we’ve seen one to many episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, but we’re just scared of the possibility of the tests uncovering something that shouldn’t be there… which would probably cause some complications with the application.

When we got our Invitation to Apply (ITA) under Express Entry (EE) from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), we were asked to complete an Upfront Medical Examination. I don’t know why it’s called “upfront”, but for the purposes of this post, we’ll just call it our “medical”.

Anyway, we were given a list of Panel Physicians designated by CIC to perform immigration medical exams in the Philippines. There are several places all over the Philippines where you can have your medical done; three of which are in Metro Manila.

IOM Manila Health Center: Salcedo Village, Makati

St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic: Ermita, Manila

St. Luke’s Medical Center: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

You can find the complete addresses of these places here in this link.

For IOM, please take note that you will need to set an appointment with them prior to having your medical. For St. Luke’s it will be under a first come first served basis.

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One Step Closer (PEI PNP Update)

It’s been a crazy and tiring October for N and I. Aside from scrambling to complete the requirements for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), we were also neck deep in preparing a wedding and moving into our own place

Wait. Planning a wedding? But don’t you have to be married to apply to Express Entry as a couple? 

Yup! N and I have actually been married since July 2015. We had a civil wedding in the Manila City Hall, with only our immediate family there with us. We just got “married” again a week ago in front of everyone else… the only ones who know this little secret of ours are our families and you that are reading this. 😛

Moving into a new place? But aren’t you moving to Canada? 

Well… we hope that we’ll eventually move to Canada, but until we get our passports stamped, I really don’t want to assume anything. Besides, I think we can consider moving into our own place a kind of “practice” for Canada especially since it’s the first time in our lives that we won’t have any helpers in the house (most families in the Philippines have at least one helper in the house to help with chores, taking  care of children/elders, etc.)

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Progress (Canadian PR Application Update!)

Things seem to be moving pretty fast now.

After getting the Invitation to Apply (ITA) from the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nomination Program (PEI PNP) last September 1, 2016, we officially replied to their invitation with their requirements on September 15, 2016.

On Monday, September 26, 2016, we received another email from PEI PNP informing us that we have been selected for nomination by the province.

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When You Least Expect it (Express Entry Application Update!)

Wow, didn’t realize that it’s been six months since the blog was last updated.

The main reason for the lack of updates is well…. the lack of updates from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)! Haha. 😐

As of the last draw (August 24, 2016), one needed at least 538 points to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and for 2016, the lowest drawn score was 453 points… which is a far cry from where most applicants are at this point.

So… did we give up on our Canadian dream? No, most definitely not. But did we move on from it? I guess we did. I don’t remember when exactly, but there was a day when I just decided to stop dwelling and stressing about it and just focus on matters closer to home.

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Express Entry Draw Update: 2015 Analysis

In 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada reformed its Immigration Program through the revamping of the Express Entry system. We’ve already written about how Express Entry works in this space before (if you’re interested in reading about that, click here), so this post will be about some observations and opinions after looking at roughly a year’s worth of publicly-available data.

By the Numbers

As of February 24, 2016, there have been 27 draws, with the last one held last February 10, 2016.

CIC EE Draw Points

Here are a few observations based from the numbers above.

Highest point requirement needed for an Invitation to Apply: 886

Lowest point requirement needed for an Invitation to Apply: 450

Average point requirement needed for an Invitation to Apply: 526

Average number of invitations issued: 1,371

Total number of invitations issued: 37,017

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Express Entry Draw Update: Quit Playing Games With My Heart

Just to give you guys an update about our own application after the draw last January 13, 2016:

After the last draw, we are still waiting to get drawn and receive an ITA (Invitation To Apply) from CIC. We are hoping that the points needed will keep on going down since it has been on a downward trend for the past few draws. Currently, we are assigned a total of 440 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System, with the draw last January 13 needing at least 453 points.

Here is a little background on how the Express Entry rounds of invitation work:

After creating your Express Entry Profile on the CIC website, you will be assigned a score which will be used to rank you against other profiles in the pool of possible candidates. I am not sure how CIC calculates their draws, but they regularly select the highest-ranking candidates and give them ITAs. So in short, those with the highest points in the pool will receive invitations, depending on the predetermined allotted number of invitations that CIC has decided to give out at the time. I’m not really sure if it works this way, but we’ve been told that the draw works on something like an averaging system, the more candidates with higher points are in the pool, the higher the required to receive an ITA will be. In short, the more applicants with higher point totals there are in the pool, the higher the draw will be and vise-versa.

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