IRCC has issued 74,200 Express Entry ITA’s in 2018

Express Entry nears 2017’s invitation record after setting new October high

IRCC has issued 74,200 Express Entry ITA's in 2018

IRCC has issued 74,200 Express Entry ITA’s in 2018

IRCC has issued 74,200 Express Entry ITAs in 2018, leaving it just 11,823 shy of the record

Last month saw the Government of Canada more than double the number of invitations to apply for permanent residence that it issued to Express Entry candidates in October 2017, leaving it less than 12,000 invitations away from last year’s record-setting annual total.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 11,700 Invitations To Apply (ITAs) over the course of three draws last month, more than twice the 5,558 ITAs issued in October 2017.

October’s total pushed the number of ITAs issued to Express Entry candidates in 2018 to 74,200, leaving IRCC just 11,823 invitations away from tying 2017’s Express Entry record of 86,023 ITAs.

The federal Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled economic immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

Eligible candidates are given a score under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that determines their position in the Express Entry pool, and a set number of the highest-ranked are issued ITAs through regular draws from the pool.

Introduced in January 2015, Canada’s Express Entry system is now the main driver of economic immigration to the country.

IRCC tying or even surpassing last year’s total could come to pass if it continues to hold regular draws between now and the end of the year and maintains draw sizes of 3,900 ITAs or more, as it has in four of the five all-program draws held since September 5.

IRCC has a 2019 admissions target for its Federal High Skilled immigration category of 81,400 new permanent residents. This target is slated to grow to 85,800 in 2020 and 88,800 in 2021 under Canada’s updated multi-year immigration levels plan, which the government made public October 31.

Almost all new permanent residents admitted to Canada through the Federal High Skilled category now have their applications processed through the Express Entry system.

Economic Immigration to Canada will be responsible for the majority of new admissions to Canada through 2021 under Canada’s updated immigration targets. Combined, Canada’s various economic immigration programs will account for nearly 60 percent of all admissions to Canada, with Federal High Skilled and Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program alone accounting for 44 percent of total admissions over the next three years.

Month-wise gave invitations

Draw Date No. Of invitation Given
Jan 10 2750
Jan 24 2750
Feb 07 3000
Feb 21 3000
Mar 14 3000
Mar 26 3000
April 11 3500
April 25 3500
May 09 3500
May 23 3500
June 13 3750
June 25 3750
July 11 3750
July 25 3750
Aug 8 3750
Aug 22 3750
Sept 5 3900
Sept 19 3500
Oct 03 3900
Oct 15 3900
Oct 29 3900

Ontario nominations favour Express Entry candidates

Nine Canadian provinces and territories participate in Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and each one has at least one stream that’s linked to the federal Express Entry system.

The PNP allows these provinces and territories to nominate a set number of economic immigration candidates for permanent residence each year.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score and effectively move to the front of the line for an ITA for Canadian permanent residence.

Canada’s largest province, Ontario, has three Express Entry-aligned PNP streams that were responsible for 95 percent of the nominations issued by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) in 2018 — 6,411 out of the province’s 2018 total allocation of 6,600.

These streams — the Human Capital Priorities Stream, French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and Skilled Trades Stream — allow the OINP to search the Express Entry pool for potential applicants who meet their eligibility criteria and can integrate quickly into the province’s labour market.

While Ontario has now reached its nomination allocation of 6,600 for 2018, the province said it will continue to accept and consider new applications for a provincial nomination, and those that have already been submitted, under the OINP’s 2019 nomination allocation, with the exception of its Master’s Graduate Stream.

“It’s been a big year so far for Express Entry, both at the federal and provincial levels,” said David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal. “At both levels, we’ve seen important developments that have reinforced Express Entry’s place as Canada’s leading option for economic immigration candidates.”

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No takers for thousands of Australian permanent residency visas

No takers for thousands of Australian permanent residency visas

No takers for thousands of Australian permanent residency visas

No takers for thousands of Australian permanent residency visas

While thousands struggle to meet the requirements for Australian permanent residency, some in-demand trade occupations are seeing very low, or even no applications at all.

Australia is among the most sought-after immigration destinations across the world with tens of thousands of people trying their luck to migrate down under every year as skilled migrants. While many skills are experiencing long queues of visa applicants, there are some that have found absolutely no takers at all.

Of the 190,000 permanent visas that Australia plans to issue every year, nearly 70 percent is reserved for skilled migrants.

Under the skilled stream migration, prospective migrants are required to nominate an occupation from the relevant occupation list depending upon the kind of visa they apply for. For the skilled independent visa (subclass 189) – a permanent visa allowing indefinite stay and giving the freedom to live and work anywhere in Australia –  all applicants file an expression of interest; and based on their points test score, the Department of Home Affairs then issues them an invite to apply for a visa.

This permanent visa has nearly 44,000 places reserved in Australia’s annual immigration planning.

Some occupations such as accountants and IT professionals are so popular that due to a high volume of applications, the Department has introduced pro-rata arrangements, whereas, in some other occupations, no invites were issued during the last financial year.

Out of the total 73 occupations that are subject to a ceiling, at least six were such that did not have a single invite issued in 2017-18.

Wall and floor tilers, automotive electricians, electrical distribution trade workers, boat builders and shipwrights, precision metal trade workers and livestock farmers together account for 9,603 visa places.

Sheet metal trade workers, cabinet makers, glaziers, panel beaters and barristers and some health diagnostic and promotion professionals – together accounting for over 5,300 visa places – saw just one applicant receiving an invite for each of the six occupations.

Chaman Preet from Migration and Education Experts in Melbourne says most visa applicants with trades occupations prefer to take other routes to Australian permanent residency.

“In order for subclass 189 visa applicants to succeed, they require relatively higher levels of English proficiency, work experience, and educational qualifications. In most cases, applicants with these occupations would prefer a sponsored visa that would get them additional points to meet the minimum requirements,”

India is the only country that’s currently the biggest source of permanent migrants and Australian citizens.

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Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program reaches its nomination cap for 2018

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program reaches its nomination cap for 2018

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program reaches its nomination cap for 2018

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program reaches its nomination cap for 2018

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program reaches its nomination cap for 2018

More than 95% of nominations went to Express Entry candidates

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has reached its 2018 provincial nomination allocation, with 6,600 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian immigration issued to applicants across various streams.

The province says it will continue to process new applications accepted this year under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)’s 2019 nomination allocation, with the exception of the currently paused Master’s Graduate Stream.

The OINP is part of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program, which allows participating provinces and territories to nominate a set number of candidates for Canadian immigration each year.

Ontario is Canada’s most populous province and the OINP’s 2018 allocation of 6,600 nominations makes it Canada’s largest provincial immigrant nominee program.

While the OINP has not yet announced its allocation for 2019, it is possible that the total may increase in the new year.

This year’s allocation was 600 slots higher than that of 2017, which was capped at 6,000 nominations.

Under the federal government’s new multi-year immigration levels plan, the admissions target for Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program is set at 61,000 for 2019, an increase of 6,000 over this year’s target of 55,000.

Human Capital Priorities Stream nominations lead the way

Ontario’s three Express Entry-linked immigration streams have been by far the OINP’s most active this year, issuing 6,411 nominations.

The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three federal economic immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, the Canadian Experience Class.

Ontario’s Express Entry-linked streams — the Human Capital Priorities Stream, French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and Skilled Trades Stream — allow the OINP to search the Express Entry pool for potential applicants who meet their eligibility criteria and can integrate quickly into the Ontario’s labour market

Express Entry candidates who are nominated by Ontario receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and move to the front of the line for an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP) issued the most Express Entry-aligned nominations this year, with the majority occurring in the first two months of the year when five out of eight invitation rounds took place.

HCP nominations made up more than 50 percent of Ontario’s total allocation for 2018 with 3,534 applicants invited to apply for an Ontario provincial nomination for permanent residence.

Out of the eight total HCP invitation rounds so far this year, three were targeted draws, including two that prioritized candidates in the Express Entry pool with a job offer in Ontario and one that prioritized candidates with French-language proficiency equivalent to a CLB 7 or above and an English language level of CLB 6 or above.

The minimum CRS score required, at the time set at 400, was lower in these three draws and fell to 350 in the August 9 target job offer draw, which also remains the largest of 2018 with 947 invitations issued.

The OINP followed the August 9 draw with news in September that it was moving away from a fixed minimum CRS score of 400 for the HCP Stream. Moving forward, the minimum score for future HCP invitation rounds will be determined by the director of the OINP.

The OINP’s French-Speaking Skilled Worker and Skilled Trade streams were also active this year, issuing a combined total of 2,880 nominations.

Total nominations issued under both these streams accounted for approximately 43 percent of total OINP nominations in 2018.

An important change introduced to all three Express Entry streams this year saw the number of days a nomination remains valid adjusted to 45 calendar days. Candidates previously had only 14 days to submit a complete application for a nomination.

This means Express Entry candidates have more time to gather their documents and submit a complete application for provincial nomination to the OINP.

The OINP nominates eligible applicants under seven other streams. They are:

  1. Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream
  2. Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream
  3. Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream
  4. Masters Graduate Stream
  5. Ph.D. Graduate Stream
  6. Corporate Stream
  7. Entrepreneur Stream

For more information about the Express entry visa program of Canada and Australia as well as New Zealand, you may please Contact Global Gateways. Global Gateways offer a free consultation and free assessment on your resume for the program.

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