Since January 1st, 2015, over 25,000 profiles were submitted. As of May, roughly 28,000 people are in Express Entry pool to be drawn by CIC. Roughly 158 applicants were nominated by provinces and territories via Express Entry system and over 8,000 candidates were invited to make their application for permanent resident status. Currently, the “average” score in Express Entry pool is about 370 points. The draw on April 17th, 2015 has the lowest score of 453. The range of the score is between 30 (CIC has no idea how this was registered because it was too low) and 1200 (perfect score by “Ms. Alice In Wonderland”).
CIC admits that there are a number of technical problems – for example, a Canadian spouse must disclose all information as if she or he is an applicant! If you withdraw your profile, you cannot re-start, but you must re-create your profile completely. If you are selected and received an invitation to apply, you cannot add a representative to assist you because you cannot transfer your profile to your representative. CIC is working on all these technical issues and hopes to upgrade the Express Entry System within the next two months or so. However, some items are intentional in their design. For example, you cannot put more than 30 trips out of Canada. Your work history is only up to 10 years in the past from the date of your profile. Your birthday will update your age automatically.
Out of 8 draws made as of May, only one draw was specifically for Canadian Experience Class. Thus, the main way for draws to be made is strictly on your comprehensive ranking score – the higher your CRS, the higher your chance to receive an invitation to apply. CIC do expect more than 50% of 2015 economic applicants would be via applications received before December 31, 2014. CIC anticipate the beginning of 2017 as the target date that all economic applicants would be drawn via Express Entry.
2015 appears to be a testing year for Express Entry system – stay tuned for all the changes expected in coming months. You have to wait until 2016 to see some regular systematic procedure, but until then, you must be flexible and versatile to meet all the anticipated OR unanticipated changes in Express Entry system.
If you have any individual questions or concerns, please contact our office for more customized consultation for your unique situation. Please note that this posting is for general information only and is not to be considered binding or official legal counsel since situations will vary and can be complicated. The content in this post is current as of the day of entry. Due to the changing nature of Immigration law, the information in this entry may or may not still be applicable