On June 26-27, 2015, CIC conducted the eleventh round of Express Entry draws. The score required for an Invitation to Apply has slightly decreased to 469. The number of eligible applicants is 1575.
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.
The current points 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.
Between the new Ontario PNP Human Capital stream and the second draw in two weeks below 600 points, individuals without an LMIA/PNP are still able to apply. But with the longer time in between draws, it has become increasingly difficult for individuals nearing the end of their work permit/authorized stay to plan for when they are able to apply for their bridging open work permit. Earlier, it seems, the better!