In a completely unexpected chain of events, CIC has issued its 52nd Express Entry draw today 11th January 2017 with a CRS Cut-Off at 459 points inviting 3334 candidates out of express entry. This is the biggest draw issued since the Express entry system started in January 2015.
In another strange event Toronto MP Ahmed Hussen 1st Somali-Canadian was appointed to federal cabinet and will be working as Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
Being a Somali Immigrant, Ahmed has experienced the challenges of immigration first hand, whether it leads to positive changes on the immigration level still remains to be seen.
Although the recent CIC draws indicate positive changes are on the way, the next 2 months are crucial to understand how Ahmed takes it forward.
The talks about “Canadian Values” screening surfaced again this week when Conservative leadership hopeful “Kellie Leitch” says she would charge immigrants a fee to cover the cost of her proposed Canadian values screening test at the border. Whether this is implemented in this year 2017 and who pays for it is still under discussion.
The 52nd draw has again raised hopes for thousands of candidates below 450 points, who are waiting to get ITA. But with the recent draws clearing almost 10,000+ candidates, how many more candidates will be cleared and how soon will that happen is a question everyone is discussing.
Our panel of consultants are still fixed on the fact that CIC can send not more than 5,000 invitations in next month draws to avoid backlogs. But we are still expecting at least one more draw this month and it will be interesting to see under new leadership where CIC heads in future.