Latest Express Entry Selection Shows Ongoing Flexibility

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will invite 1,505 candidates to apply for permanent residence in its most recent Express Entry draw, which ends tomorrow. The selection process continues to indicate flexibility since IRCC is selecting candidates who do not have a valid Labour Market Impact Assessment or Provincial Nomination approval at the time their profile is selected.

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is conducting its 27th Express Entry draw, which ends tomorrow.

• IRCC will be issuing 1,505 invitations to those who have submitted an Expression of Interest to apply for permanent residence.
• The minimum qualifying score for this draw is 459.

The frequency and size of Express Entry draws are at the discretion of IRCC. Although in February 2015, IRCC conducted three draws and issued 2,815 invitations, the same frequency of draws and a higher number of invitations are expected to be issued this month.

What this Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

While an LMIA or PN approval will guarantee an employee's selection and invitation for permanent residence, such documents are not required in all cases. This draw once again demonstrates that employees without LMIA or PN approvals continue to be selected in the Express Entry draw.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Worldwide or send an email to


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