This is the third draw to operate under the new ‘tie-break’ procedure whereby in the event that multiple candidates have the required cut-off score, in this instance, 452, profiles are ranked according to the date and time of submission of the profiles, with profiles that have been in the pool longer being prioritized for invitation over newer profiles. The cut-off for this draw was November 16, 2017, at 04:20:20 UTC. The most recent federal Express Entry draw was not limited to any specific program; candidates in all programs managed through Express Entry were in a position to receive an ITA. For individuals to qualify they need to first meet the eligibility criteria for one of the three immigration programs managed through the Express Entry system — the Federal Skilled Worker (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Once in the Express Entry pool, candidates are allocated a CRS score based on the following factors: civil status information, education, work experience, language ability, and other criteria. The allocated CRS score determines candidates’ ranking in the pool. With an ITA, candidates are able to submit an application for Canadian permanent resident status.



The Express Entry program was launched in January 2015 and is aimed at inviting candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence through certain economic programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class and some sections of the Provincial Nominee Programs. Applications through the Express Entry system benefit from faster processing times preventing backlogging of cases and improving the economic possibilities of immigrants by ensuring that skilled newcomers with the best chances of success in Canada’s labor market are invited to apply rather than those who happen to be first in line. Only the highest-ranking candidates are given an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The eligible candidates are required to create a profile which is submitted to the Express Entry pool. Once their profile has been successfully created candidates are given a CRS score which helps determine their ranking in the pool. The IRCC through its regular draws will then issue candidates with an ITA. As of last month, the IRCC introduced a number of improvements to the Express Entry system which were created to make sure that more candidates are invited to apply based on their human capital, skills, and experience. The introduction of the Express Entry system also increased the responsiveness of the labor market enabling employers to have greater control and a direct role in recruiting economic immigrants to Canada. All jobs offered to Express Entry candidates are required to be supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).