Confusion around Second round of Express Entry Invitations

Apparently over the weekend (Feb 7th, 2015) , Citizenship and Immigration Canada Website announced that second round of invitations have been issued. They put up an announcement on their invitation website.

According to them:

Foreign nationals who, on February 7, 2015 at 11:59:59 UTC, have been assigned a total of 818 points or more under the Comprehensive Ranking System have been issued invited to apply for permanent residence.

Within hours of publishing this information, it was removed from the CIC web site. Only the first draw entry was available. Now this information has been back on the website but the detailed information for the instruction is still not available.

Needless to say it caused lots of confusion if the second draw has happened and if the invitation have been issued or not.

We soon found out that candidates with at least 818 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System did actually receive their invitations. On the assumption that these invitations are and will remain valid, successful candidates have 60 days to submit a complete and accurate application for permanent residence from the day they received an invitation to apply.

Recently CIC has been criticized for the methods it uses to publish information and how it communicates online. It was recently discovered that many applicants under the Canadian Experience Class who had submitted their applications in the latter weeks of 2014 have had their applications returned. Despite reaching the cap for the program before the end of the application cycle for the year, CIC had not update its website to reflect that the program was effectively closed from that point. CIC had previously announced it would accept 8,000 applications between May 1 and December 31, 2014. Needless to say it left many disappointed candidates.

I hope this is not the case this time.

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