IRCC continues the trend of issuing 3,750 invitations in Express Entry

IRCC continues the trend of issuing 3,750 invitations in Express Entry

IRCC continues the trend of issuing 3,750 invitations in Express Entry

IRCC continues the trend of issuing 3,750 invitations in Express Entry

Minimum score stays at 2018 low of 440 in latest Express Entry draw

IRCC continues the trend of issuing 3,750 invitations in Express Entry

A new Express Entry draw held August 22 has issued a total of 3,750 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score in this draw was 440.

This is the third draw in 2018 to feature a minimum score of 440, which is the lowest CRS score drawn from 2018 to date. Both the minimum CRS score and the draw size in the August 22 were the same as the previous draw, held on August 8.

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

Candidates are ranked according to their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and the highest-ranked candidates have issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) through regular invitation rounds.

The tie-break date and time used in this draw was February 21, 2018, at 11:28:03 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 440, as well as those candidates with scores of 440 who submitted their profile before this specified date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has now issued 3,750 ITAs in every draw held since June 13. The regular pace of these larger draws, which have been held roughly every two weeks, could be what has helped keep the CRS score at 440 and not let it go higher.

There are several ways for Express Entry candidates to improve their scores, including a provincial nomination that results in 600 additional CRS points. Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) have been extremely active and innovative in 2018.

IRCC has now issued a total of 54,700 ITAs over 17 draws in 2018, which puts it slightly ahead of the 54,487 ITAs that were issued over the first 17 draws of 2017. However, IRCC had issued 60,742 ITAs in 2017 by this same point in August, which in that sense puts IRCC 6,042 ITAs behind last year’s pace.

A total of 86,023 ITAs were issued in 2017, which more than doubled the ITA totals of 2015 and 2016 combined. Given Canada’s increased admission targets for 2018 and 2019, it remains possible that this year’s total could surpass the number of ITAs issued in 2017.

The following hypothetical example illustrates candidates who would have obtained an ITA in today’s draw:

Anil and Yasmeen are married, each holds a Bachelor’s degree, and they have been working for eight and four years respectively. Anil works as a financial analyst and Yasmeen works as a teacher. They each wrote the IELTS and scored 8 in each category. Anil is 34 years old and Yasmeen is 29. Neither has ever worked or studied in Canada. They entered the pool with Yasmeen as the principal applicant because she scored more points for age. Their CRS score of 440 was sufficient to obtain an ITA during the most recent Express Entry Draw.

“The CRS minimum isn’t going up, which is likely due to the large size of the draws we’ve been seeing since June,” said David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal. “There’s still a long way to go until the end of the year, and Canada’s larger admission targets for 2018 and 2019 mean we could be looking at an active fall on the Express Entry front.”

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IRCC will end Parents and Grandparents sponsorship lottery

IRCC will end Parents and Grandparents sponsorship lottery and increase application cap to 20,000 in 2019

IRCC will end Parents and Grandparents sponsorship lottery

IRCC will end Parents and Grandparents sponsorship lottery

IRCC will end Parents and Grandparents sponsorship lottery

Invitations to apply will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis next year

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says it will scrap its controversial randomized selection process for its Parents and Grandparents Program in 2019 and revert to a first-come, first-served approach to inviting interested sponsors to apply.

The move was announced August 20 in a news release that also said Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) will accept up to 20,000 new sponsorship applications next year through the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP).

IRCC’s switch in 2017 to a randomized selection process for applications to the PGP was widely denounced as unjust despite the government’s claims it would make the system more fair and transparent.

At the time, the Government of Canada said a randomized approach would level the playing field and give everyone the same opportunity to be selected to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents.

At least one petition was created to oppose the lottery, which it said left family reunification to “chance.”

IRCC said these new changes to the PGP respond to user concerns.

“As a result of listening to stakeholders and closely examining the PGP Program, the government is making further changes to the application intake process that will streamline access to the program and improve client experience,” IRCC said.

Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, said the changes are evidence of the Government of Canada’s “commitment to helping families live, work and thrive together, in Canada.”

Reduced backlog allows for increased quota

IRCC said its inventory of PGP applications stood at 26,000 in June 2018, down from a peak of 167,000 in 2011, and this reduction has allowed the government to increase its intake quota to 20,000 in 2019.

This doubles IRCC’s original applications cap for 2018, which was set at 10,000 at the start of the year and was increased to 17,000 last month. To meet this increased 2018 quota, IRCC announced a second invitation round at the end of July and says those invited will have until October 5, 2018, to submit a complete application.

IRCC said those interested in sponsoring their parents and/or grandparents in 2019 will have to complete an Interest to Sponsor form online at the beginning of the year. In 2018, they were accepted between January 2 and February 1.

David Cohen, the senior partner at the Campbell Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal, said the increased cap is good news for interested sponsors, but it’s unclear if the reversion to a first-come, first-served selection approach will help correct concerns with the lottery system.

“The government should be commended for listening and taking action on what was a deeply unpopular approach to inviting potential sponsors to apply,” he said. “Whether this actually resolves those concerns is another matter, and we’ll just have to see how it plays out.”

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New Online EOI portal for Quebec Skilled Worker Program expecting in September

New online Expression of Interest portal for Quebec Skilled Worker Program expected in September

New Online EOI portal for Quebec Skilled Worker Program expecting in September

New Online EOI portal for Quebec Skilled Worker Program expecting in September

New Online EOI portal for Quebec Skilled Worker Program expecting in September

‘Arrima’ portal will improve user experience, Quebec says

The new online portal for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program will only be available to users in September, the province’s Immigration Ministry says.

Quebec’s Immigration Ministry, MIDI, said in a news release issued August 17 that the new portal, called Arrima, is undergoing final user experience tests and should be available in September.

MIDI did not provide an exact date in September when the portal will be online.

The Arrima portal will manage the profiles of immigration candidates submitted through the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)’s new Expression of Interest system.

Quebec became the latest Canadian province to switch to an Expression of Interest (EOI)-based immigration system on August 2.

Under an EOI system, interested immigration candidates create a profile and answer a series of questions as a first step.

In its news release, MIDI says interested candidates will be asked to provide the following information when completing their EOI profile:

  • Personal information
  • Contact details
  • Family details
  • Status in Quebec
  • Education
  • Professional experience
  • Validated job offer (if applicable)
  • Language skills
  • Related information

Candidates will be ranked in Quebec’s EOI bank based on the answers they provide.

Canada’s federal Express Entry system is also based on an EOI approach and invites the highest-ranked candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws.

Quebec says candidates in its EOI bank will be invited to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate based on employability factors, notably their age, the area of training, work experience, education and ability in French.

Candidates who receive an invitation to apply for a CSQ and who submit an application will then need to meet the passing scores required for the program based on the QSWP Points Grid.

New system ‘rapid and efficient’

Quebec’s EOI system brings an end to its first-come, first-served approach to accepting applications to the QSWP.

Under the outgoing first-come, first-served model, candidates who did not qualify for cap-exempt status under the QSWP could only submit an application at specified times of the year — and only until a fixed quota was met.

Now, anyone 18 or older can submit an EOI profile at any time, and Quebec can issue invitations to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate on a more regular basis.

“This new system for managing candidates will allow Quebec’s Immigration Ministry to issue invitations continuously and in a rapid and efficient manner to skilled workers whose profile responds to the needs of businesses in regions around Quebec,” MIDI said in its news release.

The new EOI system will also reduce application processing times and accelerate the time it takes for selected immigrants to arrive in Canada, MIDI says.

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