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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Canadian Express Entry: Points, Points, Points!

In our last post, we talked about Express Entry, the system used by Citizenship and Immigration Canada in choosing who gets a chance to immigrate to Canada.

Today, we take a deeper look into the point system and hopefully give some more insight into how it all works.

Before we start, just want to say that all data featured below were taken from Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s official website. Click here to visit that page.

Okay, let’s get into it then, shall we?


This is the maximum number of points you can get in Express Entry. Here’s how it’s broken down:

Total Points Breakdown

Let’s go into more detail on these factors. Take note that I’m going through this now with the assumption that the applicant is single. We’ll tackle having a spouse or a common-law-partner afterwards.

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