Before we move to discuss anything on the changes in the Canadian Immigration System, we would like to wish you all a very Happy Canada Day.
Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada) is the national day of Canada. A federal statutory holiday, it celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867 (then called the British North America Act, 1867), which united the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. Originally called Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day celebrations take place throughout the country, as well as in various locations around the world, attended by Canadians living abroad. Facebook, Twitter and other major social media networks are flooded with wishes.
People who have immigrated to Canada in the past 1 year or so are celebrating this day with pride and honor feeling privileged to have been accepted by this country for betterment of their family future.
However, THOUSANDS are in queue to get this honor and that pool of interested applicants is growing everyday and we call it by the name of “Express Entry Pool”.
Let’s discuss what’s going on with the new changes in the express entry.
As per our prediction in previous articles, CIC Canada released its Draw #66 with a CRS cut off score of 449 inviting 3409 candidates.
With this draw, CIC has confirmed partially that it has no intention of dropping the scores below sub 400 level, which means that PNP’s will remain the sole source of hope for the candidates who have CRS below 400 at the moment. This draw is another step towards easing off the pressure built up by the bulk of invitations sent in the past couple of months leading to huge volume of application backlog.
For the next draws to come in month of July 2017, we expect CIC to keep the CRS score in this bracket of 435-450, while issuing almost similar volume of invitations in each draw. We expect at least 2 more draws in this month.
However, there is a silver lining of applicants interested in Ontario Provincial Nomination Program. Many aspirants including our candidates, have received Provincial Interest letter from Ontario with CRS score as low as 303. It is unclear that these PT are being sent for specific NOC’s, but majority of the candidates who have received invitation are from IT related NOC and many of them have submitted their profiles recently.
It is advised that if your profile belongs to these NOC’s, it’s better to recreate your profile to have better chance of getting invited. However, it’s not a rule. Ontario PNP has confirmed that they will be pausing the system regularly to efficiently control the inflow of applications.
The situation looks grim on both sides as of now, people who have applied after getting ITA’s are getting untimely rejections and facing considerable amount of delays in getting their application processed. This delay can partially be credited to the huge backlog at CIC office currently.
It would be interesting to see how other provinces respond to opening their nomination timelines and increasing intakes as CIC tries to maintain an upper level cut-off.
We will keep you posted if any other province opens for applications, if you receive Ontario province PT please do inform your CRS score in comments section.