IRCC Canada issued 3,900 invitations to Express Entry candidates
IRCC issued 3,900 invitations to Express Entry candidates
The new draw leaves IRCC less than 8,000 invitations away from beating 2017 Express Entry record
The Government of Canada has issued 3,900 new invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to Express Entry candidates in a draw held November 15. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score for this extremely rare Thursday draw was 449.
Today’s invitation round brings the number of invitations issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in 2018 to 78,100, which leaves IRCC less than 8,000 invitations away from breaking the Express Entry record of 86,023 total invitations set last year.
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 an Invitation to Apply (ITA) through regular draws from the pool.
The minimum score in today’s draw — 449— was seven points higher than the previous Express Entry draw on October 29, which had a minimum score of 442.
IRCC used its tie-break rule in this latest invitation round. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 449, as well as those candidates with scores of 449 who submitted their profile before September 16, 2018 at 12:41:42 UTC, received an ITA in this invitation round.
When more time is allowed to elapse between draws, more candidates enter the Express Entry pool and that can have the effect of raising the minimum CRS score. In this case, 17 days were allowed to elapse between draws, which is three days longer than the usual two-week period.
An increasingly popular option is a nomination through an Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream, which results in an additional 600 points and effectively guarantees an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program allows participating provinces and territories to nominate a set number of economic immigration candidates each year for permanent residence in Canada. Each participating province and territory has at least one immigration stream that is linked to the Express Entry system.
Among others, Express Entry-aligned PNPs in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Prince Edward Island have been extremely active in 2018. Ontario alone has three Express Entry-linked streams, which accounted for 95 percent of all nominations issued by the province in 2018.
Today’s draw continued a trend established on September 5 that has seen IRCC issue 3,900 ITAs in five of the six all-program draws held since then. These larger draws resulted in an Express Entry record 11,700 invitations in October — more than double the 5,558 that were issued in October 2017.
IRCC has a 2018 admissions target for its Federal High Skilled immigration category of 74,900 new permanent residents. This target is slated to grow to 81,400 in 2019, 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.
The majority of candidates admitted to Canada through the Federal High Skilled category have their applications for permanent resident status processed through the Express Entry system.
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