The ninth and the latest, draw from the Express Entry pool was performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on May 22, 2015. At this draw 1,361 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates in the pool with 755 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.
Due to the fact that the previous Express Entry draw had taken place five weeks previously — by far the longest gap between draws since the system came into operation on January 1, 2015 — many candidates had been waiting with anticipation for this draw.
While the four draws before this most recent draw selected a portion of candidates who did not have a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer or an enhanced provincial nomination, this ninth draw selected only candidates with a job offer or nomination. Receiving a qualifying job offer supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an enhanced provincial nomination results in the candidate being awarded 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System and receiving a subsequent invitation to apply for permanent residence. A positive LMIA is required in order for a candidate to be deemed to have a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer.
The relatively lengthy gap between the past two draws allowed time for new candidates, who may not have been in the Express Entry pool previously, to enter the pool. A number of other candidates, who may have been in the pool when previous draws had been performed, may have had time to obtain a positive LMIA or an enhanced provincial nomination certificate.