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Your chances of being granted Canadian permanent residency have increased.

As the minimum necessary Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score falls below 500, Canada will be able to admit more immigrants into their Permanent Residency programme in the current draw.

Since Canada's all-stream Express Entry draws commenced on July 6, this is the first time the points have dropped below the 500 level.

December 23, 2020 was the previous time the score was this low (468).

Increased issuance of ITAs by IRCC is made possible by reducing the CRS score.

The draw was held on October 26 (the ninth all-stream draw since restart), and the total number of ITAs that will be issued to qualified applicants is 4,750.

Only 1,500 qualified applicants were selected to receive an ITA in the July 6 draw, despite a top score of 557.

The CRS score has been trending downward for the past four months, while the number of invitations has been rising consistently.

For an all-stream draw, the minimum number of CRS points needed to earn an ITA has fallen below 500. Canadian immigration lawyer Pavan Dhillon stated, "We are still experiencing delayed processing timeframes, but this is a good step towards normalizing drawings once again."

We may expect to see high CRS scores for some time, she says, because "as of October 24, 2022, there were roughly 65,000 persons with a score between 451 and 500" (but only 1700 with a score above 500).

Candidates from the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) were all considered for invites. Express Entry is the umbrella under which these various initiatives function.

Canada has announced plans to dramatically expand the number of immigrants entering the nation, with an annual goal of 500,000 people arriving by 2025 in order to meet a severe labour shortage.

Sean Fraser, Canada's minister of immigration, announced the new strategy on Tuesday. While it sets more modest goals for admitting family members and refugees, it places a major emphasis on admitting more permanent residents with relevant labour skills and experience.


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