Canada has issued total 85,900 Express entry invitations till now this year
The Government of Canada moved another step closer to surpassing the record for invitations issued in a single year through the Express Entry economic immigration system with a new draw held yesterday.
The 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence (ITAs) issued today puts the total number issued in 2018 at 85,900 — just 123 shy of last year’s record-setting ITA total of 86,023.
The minimum score in today’s draw was 445, the same as the previous draw on November 28.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) typically hold an Express Entry invitation round every two weeks, which means another draw is possible this year and 2017’s ITA record could fall.
At this same point in 2017, IRCC had issued 83,273 ITAs and finished the year with a draw on December 20.
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 ranking score based on factors such as age, education, work experience and proficiency in English or French. This score determines their position in the Express Entry pool, and a set number of the highest-ranked are issued ITA’s through regular draws from the pool.
Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) provides additional points for factors such as arranged employment, a sibling living in Canada or a nomination through an Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream.
A provincial nomination is the most valuable factor under the CRS and results in an additional 600 points. With minimum scores ranging as low as 440 for all-program draws in 2018, these 600 points would effectively guarantee an ITA.
All nine Canadian provinces and two territories that participate in Canada’s PNP have at least one immigration stream that is linked to the Express Entry system.
Data from IRCC for the first eight months of 2018 show invitations to Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination totaled 12 percent of all ITAs issued during that period, up from nine
This increase reflects the PNP’s growing importance under IRCC’s new multi-year immigration levels plan, which has admissions through Canada’s PNP set to rise to 61,000 — an increase of 6,000 over 2018’s target of 55,000.
By 2021, admissions through the PNP are expected to reach 71,300 — an increase of nearly 30 percent over this year’s Federal High Skilled target of 55,000 new permanent residents.
IRCC’s 2019 target for admissions through its Federal High Skilled immigration category is also set to rise in 2019 to 81,400, an increase of 6,500 over 2018’s target of 74,900. The majority of candidates admitted to Canada through the Federal High Skilled category have their applications for permanentresident status processed through the Express Entry system.