Important amendments made to skilled occupations lists effective 19 April 2017, The Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) got replaced by the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and The Skilled Occupations List (SOL) got replaced by the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).There are 16 occupations on the MLTSSL which cannot be used for state nominated and employer sponsored visas, also 200+ Occupations abolished from Old CSOL which is Now STSOL. ...Read More
The most recent express entry draw took place yesterday 6th September in which candidates with CRS score of 435 and above were issued with ITAs. This time number of Candidates who received ITAs has reached 2,772 which made up the yearly total number to 66,549. Half of the ITAs issued so far have been issued this year since its launch in January 2015.
Entering to this Express Entry pool has its own set criteria which the candidates need to fulfilled. They first need to be eligible under any of Canada’s federal economic immigration programs. The categories to approach are Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), or the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Candidates who receive invites get 90 days to submit Permanent Residence application with all complete details and documents. The application processing time is generally 6 months at maximum and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to complete the process within this time-frame.
The CRS cut-off for this recent draw was in line with other earlier draws where the cut-off was set to 430s window. On the contrary, in summer draws during June this year, the cut-off was higher as 440s. The cut-off limit has not been relaxed much in this time but it can be noted that summer thresholds were bit higher than the recent ones. The cut-off limit decreased whenever IRCC decides to invite more candidates. Since its launch in 2015, the lowest ever cut-off was 413 which was set for the draw took place on 31st May 2017. However, this had happened before the changes to the CRS were introduced in early June.
The potential candidates who want to compete in the Express Entry Pool are advised to get a thorough assessment for eligibility and other criteria. This helps in improving the chances of getting an ITA. The best option to adopt in this regard is to get expert advice from experienced Canada Visa Consultants.
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