On April 17-18, 2015, CIC conducted a Eighth round of Express Entry draws. The score required for an Invitation to Apply has slightly decreased to 453. The number of eligible applicants has decreased to 715.
This continues the trend of Invitations to Apply issued to individuals who do not possess a job offer with a Labour Market Impact Assessment or a Provincial Nominee certificate.
CIC is currently comfortable at holding the CRS points around the 450 range. Realistically, this translates to a person who qualifies under one of the immigration streams but offers "something more" than just the bare minimum: whether it be Canadian job experience, higher education, or higher language ability.