Express Entry rounds of invitations

We’re introducing category-based rounds of invitations

To support the economic goals we identified, we’re introducing rounds of invitations for specific categories of Express Entry candidates.

Find out what the categories are, who will be eligible and how category-based rounds of invitation will work.

We rank candidates in the pool using a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). When we hold Express Entry rounds of invitations, we

  1. choose the type of round we’ll hold
  2. decide the number of candidates we need to invite
  3. identify the highest-ranking candidates from the pool who are eligible for the chosen round type
  4. invite these candidates to apply for permanent residence

Types of rounds of invitations

We hold different types of rounds of invitations throughout the year.

1. General rounds of  invitations

In general rounds of invitations, we invite top-ranking candidates in the pool who are eligible for 1 of the 3 Express Entry programs.

2. Program-specific rounds of invitations

In program-specific rounds of invitations, we invite top-ranking candidates who are eligible for a specific Express Entry program.

For example, if we’re holding a round specifically for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), we would only invite candidates who are eligible for the PNP.

3. Category-based rounds of invitations

For category-based rounds of invitations, the minister establishes a category to meet a specific economic goal. We then invite top-ranking candidates in the pool who are eligible for this category.

Category-based rounds add to general and program-specific rounds by inviting top-ranking candidates who can help us meet specific economic goals.

Find out how category-based rounds of invitations work.

Candidates with a provincial or territorial nomination

We’ll continue to invite candidates with a provincial or territorial nomination through general and Provincial Nominee Program-specific rounds. These candidates have demonstrated they have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the province’s or territory’s economy.

Instructions for rounds of invitations

Each round of invitations has a set of instructions that are

  • posted online at the time of the round
  • used by the Express Entry system to invite candidates from the pool

The instructions include

  • the date and time of the round
  • the number of candidates that will get an invitation to apply
  • the round type (general, program-specific or category-based)
  • which immigration program(s) are included in the round, if this applies (for program-specific rounds)
  • eligibility for the category, if this applies (for category-based rounds)

Check your score and then use this information to see how likely you are to get an invitation in the next round.

Results: Rounds of invitations

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #

Number of invitations issued: Footnote *

Rank required to be invited to apply:  or above

Date and time of round: 

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 

Tie-breaking rule: 

If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

See previous rounds

CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of

CRS score range Number of candidates

The numbers in this table reflect the total number of people in the pool overall, a few days before an invitation round. The score distribution may change as people submit new profiles and other profiles expire.

The table numbers not in bold are a detailed breakdown of the bold number immediately above.

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